The New Face Of Small-town America: Snapshots Of Latino Life In Allentown, Pennsylvania by Edgar Sandoval

The New Face Of Small-town America: Snapshots Of Latino Life In Allentown, Pennsylvania

byEdgar Sandoval

Paperback | January 22, 2013

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Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a small city located along the Lehigh River in the eastern part of the state. Once the hiding place of the Liberty Bell, Allentown has become a popular destination for Latino immigrants. These Latinos, mostly from Puerto Rico, now make up about a quarter of the city’s population, and their numbers continue to grow. The thirty-one stories collected in The New Face of Small-Town America do not reflect the reality of Allentown alone. With U.S. Census figures showing the arrival of Latinos in more small American cities than ever before, Allentown will continue to serve as an example.

These small cities have already experienced, or are about to experience, the transformation Allentown saw. Few communities embrace such change. It is only when one becomes familiar with a foreign concept (or foreigners) that fear disappears and understanding begins. Edgar Sandoval’s essays show that behind the accents, ethnic customs, and other cultural differences exists a common humanity with universal problems and dreams. The Latinos profiled here want what everybody else wants: to fit in, to prosper, to offer their children a better future, to be recognized as important members of society by the mainstream. They want to coexist. These stories are not just about Latinos in Allentown, after all; they are about Latinos everywhere.

About The Author

Edgar Sandoval is an award-winning journalist who spent almost three years writing about the Latino community of northeastern Pennsylvania. He has been a staff reporter at several newspapers, including the McAllen Monitor, the Allentown Morning Call, the Los Angeles Times, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and the New York Daily News, wh...

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Title:The New Face Of Small-town America: Snapshots Of Latino Life In Allentown, PennsylvaniaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.47 inPublished:January 22, 2013Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271060824

ISBN - 13:9780271060828

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Table of Contents




1. The Ritual

2. A Principal Duty

3. Spanish Sound Bites

4. Home Away from Home

5. Little Hero

6. Music to Their Ears

7. Priceless

8. The Fearful Side of Business

9. Side by Side

10. Blatinos

11. Julio

12. Colorful Pages

13. ABCs

14. Grading the Parents

15. Latino Medicine

16. Hooked on Telenovelas

17. A Step Behind

18. City Boys

19. Spanglish

20. The World Trade Connection

21. Latinos Again

22. One Man, One Mission

23. Down to Business

24. Airwave Wars

25. Goooaaalll!!!

26. Unfulfilled Dreams

27. A Rich Life

28. Liberty and Justice for All

29. Man of the Cross

30. Full Circle

31. Finding the Inner Snowman



Editorial Reviews

“The author presents many interviews from all sides of the cultural challenges and gives readers a sense of how life has been modified and improving in recent years in this community.”

—Al Holliday, Pennsylvania Magazine