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A darker shade of crimson : odyssey of a Harvard chicano, Ruben Navarrette, Jr

Label
A darker shade of crimson : odyssey of a Harvard chicano
Title
A darker shade of crimson
Title remainder
odyssey of a Harvard chicano
Statement of responsibility
Ruben Navarrette, Jr
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
For Latinos, the doors of higher education have opened only a crack. But in 1985 an ambitious young Mexican-American from rural California became one of the few to enter America's most prestigious university. The lessons Ruben Navarrette, Jr., learned as he journeyed from his middle-class surroundings to an exclusive 350-year-old world of privilege would forever alter his life, shape his views on the relationship between education and ethnicity, and define his conception of self. He was the son of first-generation Mexican Americans who had, by many standards, already beaten the system. Yet getting into an Ivy League school was something he had to do entirely on his own--and he did, only to find his admission belittled by teachers and classmates with whispers of "affirmative action." Although he respected his heritage, he had embraced American culture as his own. But among strangers, he found himself struggling with questions of identity and ethnicity in Harvard's dormitories and classrooms, his only refuge being the Chicano student organization. Navarrette began his painful journey into adulthood, torn between the separate worlds of Harvard and home, and increasingly aware of two distinct educational systems. Yet nothing would rock his assumptions like the arrest of a Chicano classmate for armed robbery, Navarrette's attempts to understand his friend's actions would ultimately sweep him into conflict, both public and private, and leave him wondering whether he'd ever truly fit in either in the world that he had been allowed to visit or in the one to which he knew he must eventually return. This is the deeply personal story of a young man struggling to reconcile the expectations of his family, his ethnicity, and society at large with his own opinions and values. Whatever one's views on affirmative action, racism, and liberal education, this chronicle will offer a new perspective.--From publisher description
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
378.1/98/0896872
Index
no index present
LC call number
LC2683.6
LC item number
.N38 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Label
A darker shade of crimson : odyssey of a Harvard chicano, Ruben Navarrette, Jr
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
27935005
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 270 p.
Isbn
9780553089981
Lccn
93007985
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased by the Hispanic Writers Endowment. With dust jacket.
Label
A darker shade of crimson : odyssey of a Harvard chicano, Ruben Navarrette, Jr
Publication
Control code
27935005
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 270 p.
Isbn
9780553089981
Lccn
93007985
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased by the Hispanic Writers Endowment. With dust jacket.

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