Sunday, February 28, 2010

¿Quién es latino? Part II

Here are some good examples of Latina celebrities that show a range of diversity in Latin America. They may be good examples to use if you use this lesson idea in class.

Salma Hayek: Mexican Actress, while Salma is often cast as the quintessential Mexican woman, her father is actually of Lebanese-Mexican heritage. I often use her as an example of what Americans expect Latinas to look like as she is one of the most famous Latinas in the U.S.

Rosario Dawson: American Actress, her mother is Puerto Rican and Cuban.

Cameron Diaz: American Actress, her father is a second-generation Cuban from Ybor City, Florida.

Cristina Milian: American Singer, both of her parents are Cuban.

Alexis Bledel: American Actress, her mother is Mexican and her father is Argentine and Danish. Spanish is her first language; she didn't learn English until she started school. Would you ever know that just by looking at her or listening to her speak?


In an earlier post I talked about why you can't put Brazilians under the label Hispanic. Hispanic refers to the Spanish language, Brazilians speak Portuguese! But you can call Brazilians Latinos because Portuguese is also a Romance Language. Like most of Latin America, Brazil is extremely diverse.

Gisele Bündchen: Brazilian Model, she is probably the most famous Brazilian in the world - or maybe she shares the distinction with Pele. Both of her parents of are German heritage, but Gisele is 100% Brazilian, speaking Portuguese as her first language.

Luísa Hanae Matsushita a.k.a. Lovefoxx, Brazilian Singer, lead singer of the punk group CSS. Wikipedia says she is of Japanese, Lebanese, Portuguese and German descent. Her last name is Japanese and many fans call her "Japa." Many Japanese immigrated to Brazil in the last century.

Taís Araújo: Brazilian Actress, Taís is the famous for being the first black Brazilian to play the lead role in a novela. The title role was that of Xica da Silva, a historically significant black Brazilian.

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