Category: Family

Wedding Traditions of Puerto Rico

  A wed­ding is a joy­ous cel­e­bra­tion and that is no dif­fer­ent in Puer­to Rico. There are a few tra­di­tions that are asso­ci­at­ed with a con­ven­tion­al Puer­to Rican mar­riage. One of these tra­di­tions is the offer­ing of the bride and groom a bev­er­age called café con leche and is served in coconut cups. The Bride’s Bou­quet Bridal bou­quets in Puer­to Rico are abun­dant with the amap­o­la, which is a tra­di­tion­al flower often used at a Puer­to Rican wed­ding. The bou­quet may also con­tain a fan as it is a part of tra­di­tion­al wed­ding attire in Puer­to Rico. The maids...

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Rita Moreno at Sofrito

An award for per­form­ing doesn’t exist, that Rita Moreno hasn’t already won.  Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Gram­my and even the Pres­i­den­tial Medal of Free­dom from Pres­i­dent George W. Bush, reflect her achieve­ments, tal­ent and hard work.  She’s been in movies and tele­vi­sion shows that defined gen­er­a­tions – Singing In The Rain, King & I, West Side Sto­ry, Car­nal Knowl­edge, Oz, Law & Order, Mup­pet Show, Cos­by, Elec­tric Co.  But awards don’t define this mul­ti-tal­ent­ed artist as much as her char­ac­ter does.  From the West Side to the land of Oz and far beyond, we’re rid­ing with Rita Moreno … in...

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Tracing Your Latino Family Tree Part II: Puerto Rico

by Julio Saenz • Sep­tem­ber 6, 2013 In today’s install­ment of our series on build­ing your Lati­no fam­i­ly tree, we sat down with Jose Olivieri Rivera.  Jose has done a tremen­dous amount of work research­ing his roots in Puer­to Rico and it led him all the way to the Mediter­ranean island of Cor­si­ca. What made you get inter­est­ed in research­ing your fam­i­ly tree? When I was a kid I would hear these unusu­al names men­tioned. They weren’t the usu­al Gar­cia or Vazquez. They were unusu­al: Olivieri, Ben­venu­ti, Vival­di. I was raised by my fam­i­ly not know­ing that I was...

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Female Sterilization

There are a num­ber of exam­ples in post Civ­il War Amer­i­ca of eugenic pro­grams but none as effec­tive and wide­spread as the mass female ster­il­iza­tion in Puer­to Rico. Begin­ning in the years fol­low­ing WW I, a pro­gram was ini­ti­at­ed by the Unit­ed States gov­ern­ment, the med­ical com­mu­ni­ty and the local gov­ern­ment of Puer­to Rico, to name a few, which result­ed in the unprece­dent­ed ster­il­iza­tion of 1⁄3 of the female pop­u­la­tion by 1965, and the con­tin­ued use of ster­il­iza­tion on a broad scale by Puer­to Rican women as a form of birth con­trol READ FULL STORY...

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