Hija De Mi Madre is the literary work and culmination of Carmen’s personal experiences and undergraduate research that illustrates her identity as an African Latina. It is a combination of memoirs, poems and research material that explain the effects of race on identity from an academic standpoint while sharing her own life as a living example.
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From Ynanna: The book is divided into three parts: African, Latina, and Woman. In the first section, the focus is on the beginning of my life; I consider Africa to also be the beginning of my ancestral story. I explain the destruction of African hair in the United States, the significance of Black Feminism and its development and my struggles with my African roots. In the Latina section, I go into detail about what is the Afro-Latina identity and how it is formulated. This section contains stories from my junior high and high school life, as well as how my self-hatred evolved. The final section, Woman, is where my self-healing journey begins with embracing my body as female, hitting rockbottom and finding compassion for myself on my way to self-love.
Part 1: Africana
- Origins of the Lye: The Transformation and Politics of African Hair
- Conversations between African American & Latina Women
- Black Feminism: Historical Context & Definition
- & more!
Part 2: Latina
- From the Pages of My Memory; Learning How to Dance
- & more!
Part 3: Mujer
- This Blood is Sacred: Women and Menstruation Cycle Beliefs
- Women and Religion
- From Self-Hate to Self-Love: The Slut Complex
- & more!
Paperback: 178 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 25, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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