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Author Arce, Julissa, author.

Title You sound like a white girl : the case for rejecting assimilation / Julissa Natzely Arce Raya.

Publication Info. New York : Flatiron Books, 2022.


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 Bloomfield at the Atrium  305.48 ARC    Check Shelf
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 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  303.482 ARCE    DUE 10-30-23 Billed
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 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  303.482 ARCE    Check Shelf
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Edition First edition.
Description 198 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-198).
Contents Part one. The lies we're told -- The lie of Whiteness -- The lie of English -- The lie of success -- Part two. Embracing our truth -- Reclaiming our history -- Reclaiming our identity -- Reclaiming our culture -- Last words.
Summary "Nationally bestselling author Julissa Arce interweaves her own story with cultural commentary in a powerful polemic against the myth that assimilation leads to happiness and belonging for immigrants in America. Instead, she calls for a celebration of our uniqueness, our origins, our heritage, and the beauty of the differences that make us Americans. "You sound like a white girl." These were the words spoken to Julissa by a high school crush as she struggled to find her place in America. As a brown immigrant from Mexico, assimilation had been demanded of her since the moment she set foot in San Antonio, Texas, in 1994. She'd spent so much time getting rid of her accent so no one could tell English was her second language that in that moment she felt those words -- you sound like a white girl -- were a compliment. As a child, she didn't yet understand that assimilating to "American" culture really meant imitating "white" America -- that sounding like a white girl was a racist idea meant to tame her, change her, and make her small. She ran the race, completing each stage, but never quite fit in, until she stopped running altogether. In this dual polemic and manifesto, Julissa dives into and tears apart the lie that assimilation leads to belonging. She combs through history and her own story to break down this myth, arguing that assimilation is a moving finish line designed to keep Black and brown Americans and immigrants chasing racist American ideals. She talks about the Lie of Success, the Lie of Legality, the Lie of Whiteness, and the Lie of English -- each promising that if you obtain these things, you will reach acceptance and won't be an outsider anymore. Julissa deftly argues that these demands leave her and those like her in a purgatory -- neither able to secure the power and belonging within whiteness nor find it in the community and cultures whiteness demands immigrants and people of color leave behind. In You Sound Like a White Girl, Julissa offers a bold new promise: Belonging only comes through celebrating yourself, your history, your culture, and everything that makes you uniquely you. Only in turning away from the white gaze can we truly make America beautiful. An America where difference is celebrated, heritage is shared and embraced, and belonging is for everyone. Through unearthing veiled history and reclaiming her own identity, Julissa shows us how to do this."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Assimilation (Sociology) -- United States.
Minorities -- United States -- Social conditions.
United States -- Ethnic relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General.
Americanization. (OCoLC)fst00807485
Assimilation (Sociology) (OCoLC)fst00819095
Ethnic relations. (OCoLC)fst00916005
Minorities -- Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01023228
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration^SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination^SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / American / Hispanic American Studies.
ISBN 9781250787019 (hardcover)
1250787017 (hardcover)
9781250812810 (ebook)
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