Belonging to Puerto Rico and America: New York Puerto Rican by Abigal Stahl McNamee

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Puerto Rican migration to the United States began slowly. In 1910 there were fewer than 2,000 Puerto Ricans living in the continental United States. Through the 1930's the cost of a boat trip to the mainland was more than most Puerto Ricans earned in a year. By 1950, however, there were 53,000 Puerto Ricans living on the mainland, most of these in New York City, a pattern that continued for decades. The great migrations began after World War II when the cost of air travel was within reach of working people.

237). Sowell indicates that, in general, Puerto Ricans continue to take predominantly unskilled and semiskilled jobs being a major part of the work force in New York's garment industry, hotels, restaurants, hospitals (p. 237). Demographically, Puerto Rican families are disproportionately below the national median income and poverty level; Puerto Ricans are a young population with a median age of about 20; and Puerto Rican children and adolescents constitute over 30% of New York City's public school population (Malgady and Rogler, 1990).

The Puerto Rican Children of the Bronx Are “Contained” by Their Community They, and their family, are “contained” by the section of The Bronx in which they live as we all are contained by our community. They are contained by Puerto Rican culture but they are also brought into contact with people of other customs, languages, and identities. Their families may enter into competitive relationships in politics and the labor market. Their families may also “try to maintain their old kinship and neighborhood social networks, their ethnic identity, in the new urban context” (Eriksen, 2002, p.

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