One of the first thoughts after finishing the book was that this is what I had expected Findlay’s Puerto Rico book to be: a study of how two cities/locations in two different nation states affected the identity of an ever more transnational migrant group. In Hoffnug-Garskof’s case here, he presents a migrant community that at first continued to identify with its nation of origin, but eventually its “home” expanded to a transnational one that included two cities: Santo Domingo and New York City. He also touches on how the communities (both Dominican and non Dominican) influenced each other. Needless to say, I found this book to be quite transnational for this reason and the fact that it presented some common themes that we have seen in other studies the past few weeks (modernity, national identity, racism, networks, to name a few). What I found to be quite odd was the U.S.’ ambivalence when it came to the enforcement of legal Dominican migration. In fact as the author points out, one could say that America out right encouraged Dominican migration. This is odd because although the author does explain the need to appease an ever more anti-American public back in Santo Domingo, Dominicans in the US were seen more and more as lower status in the socioeconomic hierarchy in New York, and borderline black when it came to their racial identity.
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