© by Beatriz Badikian-Gartler
LET US ALL IN: A MANIFESTO
U.S. Latina Writing in the New Millennium
Dr. Beatriz Badikian-Gartler
originally published in La Otra Artes & Letras
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| ... After the opening of the
1960s, Chicanas, Puertorican and Cuban women writers slowly made their way
into the academy. Now women writers from other groups must be allowed
in. For the new millennium we must develop a canon and a theoretical
body of work that encompasses all of us -- U.S. born and not, South Americans
and Central Americans, lower class and middle class, native speakers of English
and native speakers of Spanish, political exiles and economic refugees -
while allowing for individual, national, and class differences.
Yet it must be recognized that differences exist, and that
they cannot be dismissed, forgotten or erased. The dialectical aspect of
the reality of Latinas in this country, transported from our places of origin,
is palpable, cannot be ignored. ...