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Puerto Rican and Deaf: A View from the Borderland

Author(s): Andrés Torres

Journal: Centro Journal
ISSN 1538-6279

Volume: 21;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 85;
Date: 2009;
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A little-known aspect of the Great Migration is the story of Puerto Rican families who came with their deaf children to New York City. This paper examines the interplay of language (oral and sign), culture, and family structure among the deaf and hearing members of such families. It also looks at the formation and activities of the deaf Puerto Rican community of the 1940s-1970s and its interaction with the Catholic Church and the hearing Puerto Rican community. It concludes with an overview of the concerns and controversies that deaf communities face today.

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