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National Borinqueneers Day and Military Service in Puerto Rican History
Dr. Harry Franqui-Rivera, explores the impact of military service for Puerto Rico and the Puerto Ricans. Their service has served to disperse Puerto Ricans across the United States and the world creating new communities beyond what we understood as traditional diaspora centers. Military service, in particular during the WWII-Korean War period, also served to build modern Puerto Rico, and for Puerto Rican colonias turning into full-fledged communities to stake a claim of belonging.
Author: Harry Franqui-Rivera, Bloomfield College
Commentator: Laura Lee Oviedo, Texas A&M University