Title

Puerto Rico: Increasing Emigration and Language Dynamics in the Educational System

Date

5-26-2016 2:00 PM

End Time

26-5-2016 2:30 PM

Location

WUC Willamette Room

Department

Anthropology

Session Chair

Robin Smith

Session Chair

Isidore Lobnibe

Session Title

Anthropology Symposium

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Isidore Lobnibe

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

In the past 30 years, the United States has received an influx of Puerto Rican immigrants; last year, Puerto Rican populations in the U.S. were 56 percent higher than in the 1980s. With many problems plaguing Puerto Rico, have new waves of emigration affected the way that Puerto Ricans perceive language and education? How are educational, socioeconomic, and demographic factors shaping migration of young adults to the United States? My proposed research seeks to address this question by investigating how cultural identity, language, and education influence students’ decisions to stay or leave their native land. By asking both students and faculty of the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, my aim is to understand why vast numbers of Puerto Ricans are leaving their homeland. Data will be collected through participant observation and oral interviews with students and professors on their views about how cultural identity, language and the education system are affecting the ongoing migrations of Puerto Ricans.

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May 26th, 2:00 PM May 26th, 2:30 PM

Puerto Rico: Increasing Emigration and Language Dynamics in the Educational System

WUC Willamette Room

In the past 30 years, the United States has received an influx of Puerto Rican immigrants; last year, Puerto Rican populations in the U.S. were 56 percent higher than in the 1980s. With many problems plaguing Puerto Rico, have new waves of emigration affected the way that Puerto Ricans perceive language and education? How are educational, socioeconomic, and demographic factors shaping migration of young adults to the United States? My proposed research seeks to address this question by investigating how cultural identity, language, and education influence students’ decisions to stay or leave their native land. By asking both students and faculty of the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, my aim is to understand why vast numbers of Puerto Ricans are leaving their homeland. Data will be collected through participant observation and oral interviews with students and professors on their views about how cultural identity, language and the education system are affecting the ongoing migrations of Puerto Ricans.