Abraham Rodríguez (roh-DREE-gehs), Jr., is a contemporary Puerto Rican writer. Having been raised in the Bronx, he writes stories that depict the experiences of “Nuyoricans.” The concept of Nuyorican varies from generation to generation; Puerto Ricans living in New York during the 1950’s experienced life in that city differently than do members of today’s Nuyorican population. However, the struggle of Puerto Ricans, whether on the island of Puerto Rico or on the American mainland, continues to involve issues of culture and identity not easily revealed in the literature of social sciences, fiction, or elsewhere. The issues are generally complex, and work that tells the stories of the Puerto Ricans living in New York is of value both to the community in New York and to the communities of Puerto Rican people on Puerto Rico and throughout the mainland.
Colonization of Borinquén (Puerto Rico’s indigenous name) resulted in cultural conflicts for those whose parents migrated to New York in several waves. Puerto Ricans, although citizens of the United States, find their identities in terms of culture, race, and class recategorized by the establishment in the United States. These categories often conflict with their family and traditional beliefs—hence the conflicts and problems with their sense of self-identification and how to express their identification to two countries. Rodríguez gives voice to that experience.
In Boy Without a Flag, Rodríguez retells the stories he has heard from his father about American imperialism, specifically the conquest...
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