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The Tattooed Soldier

Héctor Tobar                                                                                                         

a Picture of Central American Diaspora  

Central American Diaspora | Immigration | Return Migration

“Antonio was used to being tall. In Guatemala he towered above family and friends. But Los Angeles made him short. It made him stoop and it cast him out with its untouchables, the lifters of dirty dishes, the silent sweepers of bathroom floors, the men and women who placed their hands in the city’s toilets and urinals, scrubbing everything antiseptic-clean.” (p. 53)

Critical Thinking and Discussion Questions

  • The book is structured largely around the opposing experiences and perspectives of Antonio and Longoria. Compare and contrast their life experiences in Guatemala and as migrants to the U.S. What makes their lives similar and how are they different?
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Acuña, Rodolfo F. (2007). Occupied America: a history of Chicanos. New York: Pearson Longman. E184.M5 A63 2007

Arreola, Daniel D. (Ed.). (2004). Hispanic spaces, Latino places: community and cultural diversity in contemporary America. Austin: University of Texas Press. E184.S75 H5843 2004

Bedolla, Lisa García. (2005). Fluid borders: Latino power, identity, and politics in Los Angeles. Berkeley: University of California Press. F869.L89 S753 2005

Davis, Mike. (2000). Magical urbanism: Latinos reinvent the U.S. city. London: Verso. E184.S75 D36 2000

Ember, Melvin, Carol R. Ember, and Ian Skoggard (Eds.). (2004). Encyclopedia of diasporas: immigrant and refugee cultures around the world. New York: Kluwer. Reference North 1st JV6225 .E53 2004

Figueredo, D.H. (2007). Latino chronology: chronologies of the American mosaic. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Reference North 1st E184.S75 F543 2007

Gonzalez, Juan. (2000). Harvest of empire: a history of Latinos in America. New York: Viking. E184.S75 G655 2000

Kohpahl, Gabriele. (1993). Voices of Guatemalan women in Los Angeles: understanding their immigration. New York: Garland. F869.L89 G825 1998

North, Liisa, and Alan B. Simmons. (1998). Journeys of fear: refugee return and national transformation in Guatemala. JV7416 .T39 1998

Taylor, Clark. (1998). Return of GuatemalaÂ’s refugees: reweaving the torn. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. JV7416 .T39 1998

Tobar, Héctor. (2005). Translation nation: defining a new American identity in the Spanish-speaking United States. New York: Riverhead Books. E184.S75 T63 2005

Videos / DVDs
Available at the Library Media Center, Library North 3rd Fl.

Discovering Dominga. FLIC87881
Denese Becker, born Dominga Sic Ruiz, is a survivor of the 1982 Rio Negro massacre in Guatemala and an American adoptee raised in Iowa. She returns to Guatemala almost twenty years after the massacre and becomes a victims-rights advocate for survivors at great personal cost.

La ciudad: the city. FLIC87132
A picture of present day immigrant life in New York City. The film's four stories center on “a group of day-laborers scavenging for bricks; two teenagers from the same hometown who meet in the projects and fall in love; a homeless father who tries to enroll his daughter in school; and a garment worker who seeks justice in the sweatshops.”

Chicano! History of the Mexican American civil rights movement. FLIC86483-6
Chronicles various aspects of the struggles for equal rights by Mexican Americans.

Yo soy Chicano. FLIC87012
Portrays the Chicano experience from its roots in pre-Columbian history to the present.

Web Resources

Center for Immigration Studies.

Los Angeles Times. A surge south of Mexico – Archive for May 1, 2005.

Migration Information. Central America: crossroads of the Americas.

North American Congress on Latin America. Reflections on immigration fromGuatemala.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


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