Hector Tobar

For the writer [Professor & Undergraduate Director] Héctor Tobar, latinidad, which means something like “Latino-ness,” or the condition of being Latino, is both sweeping and particular: It encompasses all those who identify as Latino and at the same time nods to the fact that each Latino experience is highly individual.. As Tobar writes, Latinos “will not fit in any box.” The feeling of being ni de aquí, ni de allá—from neither here nor there—is the fundamental paradox of latinidad, its very essence. … A professor of journalism and Chicano and Latino studies at UC Irvine, Tobar is the author of Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of “Latino”.

For the full story, please visit https://www.theatlantic.com/books/archive/2023/06/on-migrant-souls-hector-tobar-book-latinidad/674425/.

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