VOCES Y CARAS:
HISPANIC COMMUNITIES OF NORTH FlORIDA
The project Voces y Caras (Voices and Faces) has grown from a series of interviews performed by students in professor Constanza López’s course Communications and Communities for Heritage Speakers of Spanish. These interviews focus on the rapidly growing Hispanic community of North Florida, which – as this project makes evident – is very diverse. The interviewees come from, or have connections to Spanish-speaking countries in Europe, Africa, and the Americas. They occupy different roles in our community; some are doctors, business executives, teachers, police officers, illegal immigrants, students, parents, etc. Some have been here for many years, and others came recently. Some escaped political repression and violence in their own countries, others came looking for a better future, and some came following their loved ones. They all represent a happy, vibrant, family-oriented, hard-working community whose members strive to achieve their goals and dreams. They have assimilated to American society while maintaining a strong cultural identity. This desire to keep their own culture, or to become bicultural, is non-negotiable, because this varied group is extremely proud of its customs, food, music, language, and above all, of their families.