The Rise of Hispanicity in the United States: The Second ‘Conquista’

By Patricia Bazan-Figueras and Salvador J. Figueras.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Presentation involves a multidimensional and interdisciplinary approach since “The Culture of Spain” or “Hispanicity” in all its forms has penetrated most aspects of daily life in the United States. This acculturation is a contemporary replication of the greatest year in Spanish history: 1492. Today the different forms the “Culture of Spain” have acquired outside the borders of Hispania as called by the Romans has spread from the Caribbean throughout South America and Mexico arriving intact in the United States. It has evolved into a macrocosmic expression: multicultural, malleable, versatile, and resilient.

Keywords: Culture Studies, Latin American Studies, Immigration Issues

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.209-218. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 613.206KB).

Dr. Patricia Bazan-Figueras

Professor of Spanish, Italian and University Core, Literature, Language, Writing and Philosophy, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey, USA

Having taught in higher education for almost twenty-one years, my fields of expertise have significantly changed. Although my academic credentials are both in Spanish and Latin American literatures, due to personal interest, however, I have been involved in the teaching of interdisciplinary areas like cross-cultural issues and global issues. Because of these, my husband and I have traveled to many countries abroad and appreciated the unique opportunity to view the world in a multi-dimensional perspective. Most of the scholarly work I have published has focused on language teaching pedagogy, Latin American literature, and Spanish culture. In recent years my interests have switched to the influence of Spanish culture in the United States. In January of 2008, my husband and I made a presentation at the University of Honolulu on “The Influence of Spanish in the Popular Culture of the United States.” This past June, we read a paper at the Ninth International Conference in Riga, Latvia on the topic of “The Rise of Hispanicity: The New Conquista and The New Conquistadores in the United States.” We are currently working on the book with a similar title with no anticipated date of publication yet.

Dr. Salvador J. Figueras

Professor of Modern Languages and Economics, Humanities Department, Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Although my academic credentials are in Economics and Spanish and Latin American literatures, due to personal interest, however, I have been involved in the teaching of interdisciplinary areas like cross-cultural issues and global issues. Having extensively traveled to many countries abroad and appreciated the unique opportunity to view the world in a multi-dimensional perspective. In January of 2008, my wife and I made a presentation at the University of Honolulu on “The Influence of Spanish in the Popular Culture of the United States.” This past June, we read a paper at the Ninth International Conference in Riga, Latvia, on the topic of “The Rise of Hispanicity: The New Conquista and The New Conquistadores in the United States.” We are currently working on the book with a similar title with no anticipated date of publication yet.

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