Boricua College
Instructional Module
Synthesis 5.10
Student: Antonio Ruiz
Facilitator: Emilio Suarez

Synthesis

Exercise I

Analyzation: This exercise speaks of the united family or "la familia unida". This article is an excerpt from the book untitled, "Up From Puerto Rico" by Elena Padilla. I would suppose that Ms. Padilla is giving a Puerto Rican perspective on the common Puerto Rican family & what qualifications are to be considered a united family. Among these "qualifications" would be
a) reliability amongst relatives
b) recognizing mutual obligations towards one another
c) sharing in celebrations or grief

Evaluation:
Even though Ms. Padilla was describing what constitutes "familia unida" it seems to me we would be hard pressed to find a family as such within the Puerto Rican community. Being a Boricua myself I see the at times "nonsense" that causes rifts between us. Among these divides are:
a) political views
b) social differences
c) religious beliefs
d) marrying out of your race
e) teen pregnancy or preganacys out of wed-lock
f) Neo-Ricans vs Puerto Ricans
g) For statehood vs Commonwealthers vs Pro-Independencers

It seems to me that the "familia" unida she describes would not just relegate itself to the Puerto Ricans. I feel that any ethnic group can fall under this banner. Lastly the section describing the moment of grief; I have seen quite a few scenes like that. Though I felt for the griever they seem so over dramatized; sort of soap opera like. (which is basically what latinas) were raised on!) At times it can be embarrassing to see these out of control emotional outbursts. Like I said earlier the "Boricuas" arent the only ethnic group to wail and grieve like this; Italians, Dominicanos and Cubans fall under this also.

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