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[Name of Student] [Name of Instructor] [Course] [Date] Dominican and Puerto Rican Artists in NYC Puerto Ricans and Dominicans are the two most visible Hispanic immigrant groups in New York City today. A study undertaken by the City University of New York Dominican Studies Institute reveals that the Dominican population increased by 51 percent in the 1990s to 554, 638 while the previous most visible group, the Puerto Ricans, had decreased in number by 12.8 percent during the same time to reach 789,172 in 2000 (Berger).
The communities have also produced political leaders like the Puerto Rican Herman Badillo or Fernando Ferrer, that has resulted in influencing the city’s artistic landscape, its educational institutes and so on. Although, for purposes of convenience, generalizations of various Hispanic groups are often made, it is important to remember the distinctness of each of these communities. ‘Latino’ and ‘Hispanic’ are very broad terms that encompass diverse cultures, histories and identities. Some individuals may identify strongly with a pan-Latino culture while others may not relate to the larger Latino or Hispanic context at all, preferring instead to identify themselves with their individual villages or nations of origin. For the purposes of this paper however, given its limited scope, the effort is to follow the more general approach to studying this culture, not with the intent of ignoring the diversity present within it but instead in seeking to find certain themes and experience common to these migrant groups, specifically to the Puerto Ricans and Dominicans in New York City today. ...
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