Contributed by Gilberto Garcia, 35, Ph.D. student and language instructor
"Latinoamerica" is a song from Calle 13. When I first heard this song I realized how important music is for identity in the construction of culture itself. Back in those days, I was studying for my first Masters degree in Spanish Literature and I was taking a class in literary criticism. We were focusing on essentialism at that time and I thought how as Latinos we can be identified as a whole group but at the same time, we are really different and how we may conceive ourselves while we empower our differences to create unity. I really identified with that song. Every time I listened to it, I got very emotional. This can be representative of Latino history. The song is a mixing between Spanish and Portuguese, which represents Latin America in real life.
Gilberto Garcia, 35, Ph.D. student and language instructor