An introduction

An introduction

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6 04 19

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I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I am the child of working-class Guatemalan immigrants, like thousands of others. I’m also part of the Guatemalan and Maya diaspora, a community that was forced to leave due to violence and poverty. While migration and displacement are part of Guatemala’s history, little is known about the diaspora, specifically that of the children born or raised away from their ancestral territories.

The Pew Research Center estimates that, in 2013, there were over 1.3 million Guatemalans living in the US. Of these, approximately 834,000 were born in Guatemala and 470,000 in the US. Many Guatemalans have settled in large cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Houston and New York, as well as in smaller communities in North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio and Colorado. An estimated 60 percent of Guatemalans are undocumented. While data is lacking, the Maya form a significant part of ...

In one occasion, a friend introduced me to someone by saying: “He used to be K’iche’. Now he is more Gringo than anything else”.
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