Remembering the bracero program: Decolonizing community spaces & expanding migrant representation in children’s literature
Date of Graduation
Project/Capstone - Global access
Master of Arts in Migration Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
This applied project explores the history of Bracero workers in the United States. This history of Braceros serves the purpose of deepening immigrant farm working communities’ understanding of who they are. This research study aims to expand narratives of the migrant experience by highlighting the Bracero program and addressing the lack of diverse representation in children’s books. This research gathers the personal experiences of Braceros through the book ‘OUR GRANDFATHERS WERE BRACEROS AND WE TOO’ by Abel Astorga Morales & Rosa Martha Zarate Macias and explores articles teaching us about decolonizing frameworks and indigenous ideologies. I’m writing a book that teaches children about Braceros and farmworking struggles; the goal is to create a space for children — from all backgrounds — to read and learn about the history of Latino struggles in America. Specifically, this is done with a lens outside of a dominant (white) perspective. This will be beneficial to empowering identity and educating children about historical events.
Zarate, Ariadna Santoyo, "Remembering the bracero program: Decolonizing community spaces & expanding migrant representation in children’s literature" (2022). Master's Projects and Capstones. 1368.
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