Latin America Studies
1. Select three festivals described by Dávila in Sponsored Identities and discuss them in detail. Then, compare what is presented in the festivals with the ‘officially’ sanctioned view of what is Puerto Rican culture according to the Institute for Puerto Rican Culture (ICP). Be sure to: trace and discuss the development of the official sponsored Puerto Rican culture; How and why was it structured the way it was? What is being represented? How the development of a particular ‘national culture’ was related to Operation Serenity. What is the history of the Puerto Rican government agency—Institute of Puerto Rica Culture (ICP)—in charge with protecting and promoting the culture? Discuss how the official view is sponsored by government agencies and by museum exhibits.) You cannot select as examples for discussion neither the Breadfruit nor Flat-Bottom Boat festivals. You essay should be at least 1000-words long. 2. Read the essay by Iris López and David Forbes titled “Borinki identity in Hawai’i: Present and future.” Using as a framework the theoretical essays on identity and traditions, plus the specificity of ethnicity and identities in Hawai’i (as explained by López and Forbes), analyze (in 1000-words) the cultural situation of Puerto Ricans in Hawai’i. In your discussion, be sure to include the following: Is there a Puerto Rican culture or identity in Hawai’i? Can it be considered “authentic”? Explain in detail (you must support your argument).