Yearners

After party leaders invite wealthy Herson Moya to run for Texas governor, Herson finds himself left with family members and friends to figure out how to campaign. Life in New York, Mexico, Texas and in his Costa Rican estate by the Pacific show how Latinos, Latinas, whites, and blacks see the future.

Herson does not want to use his own $30 million to bash other candidates. He wants to demonstrate fairer leadership. He hopes to improve education, reform prisons, immigration, and the economy. He also seeks to reduce abortion and guns, and wants to address transportation, infrastructure, and environmental needs. For a Mexican American, these goals are particularly difficult, given history and what he learns from voters in the five regions of Texas. YEARNERS ends with the characters posing for a photograph that film producers and directors can use to portray U.S. Latinos after Trump.

YEARNERS shows why minority voters feel disenfranchised when politicians ironically promote the common good. YEARNERS affords a new education that asks will the past shape the future of Texas or will voters change things?

A Mexican Revolution Photo History

Ten years after the Alamo, President James K. Polk and Congress declared war on Mexico (1846). After a two-year war, Mexicans lost land and their few liberties, leaving widespread poverty, no public schooling, and a society without infrastructural amenities. To take advantage of Mexico’s rich resources, France forced Mexico into another war in the early 1860s. Porfirio Diaz emerged a Mexican hero and dominated people for nearly forty years, until Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata overthrew him in 1911. Vestiges of the Mexican Revolution still impact Mexico, the U.S., and the world today, readers will learn.

Using original photographs taken by national and international photographers, photos available in rare-book collections and in the public domain, this history narrates the complexities of the Mexican Revolution. Different here is that my picture book shows how the U.S. presidents and leaders were involved in Mexico’s revolution. Instead of using photographs of the revolution like previous volumes, my book details the many alliances and deceptions, describing who did what to whom and when, between 1906 and 1928. This 100-page book is full of revelations unknown to most Americans!

Latino Sun, Rising

As the largest minority population of the United States, Latinos now form the ignored part of the American middle class. Nevertheless, Latinos will fuel the working and professional classes in the future, prepared or not. In LATINO SUN, RISING, a Mexican American professor of English and American Studies examines the past to discern the prospect. After recording historic resistance and indifference, Portales shows how Latinos continue to improve many areas of American life, calling attention to a new sun unnoticed by most readers.

In classes at UT/Austin, at SUNY-Buffalo, on the beach in Corpus Christi, waiting on tables in Chicago, working in London, teaching in the English Department of UC/Berkeley, and while raising a family in Houston’s NASA area, the author’s own life embodies Latino progress. After recreating the World War II generation of his parents, Portales pinpoints Latino advances from the days of his happy youth in Edinburg, Texas during the Eisenhower years to the unfurling of American ethnic consciousness during the transformational sixties. LATINO SUN, RISING demonstrates generational progress that enhances all aspects of society, should Americans embrace the option.

Quality Education for Latinos and Latinas

As educators, legislators, and researchers debate how to improve American schools, the important relationship between teachers and students often gets lost. How a teacher interacts daily with every single student in a classroom, from day one, is the central factor that determines whether a student will be educated or not. Too many Latino, Latina, and students from other backgrounds are often discouraged by their school interactions every day. Facing teacher biases, exclusion, racism and responses to inadequate English-language skills and cultural prejudices, teachers and administrators often fail to address cultural differences. Education schools and programs at universities unfortunately also ignore, downplay, and remain inattentive to student needs year after year.

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Shunning trendy education theories and practices that change every 3 to 5 years, QUALITY EDUCATION zeroes in on how teachers need to work with students on a daily basis both inside and outside of the classroom. To reduce serious barriers and to help Latino and Latina students acquire quality educations, the Portaleses show why good teacher-student relationships are essential. Teachers and students need to respect each other, not by creating traumatic events for each other but by understanding the different worlds that students bring to most classrooms.

In Part II of this book, Rita and Marco Portales recommend print and oral skills for ALL students, from kindergarten to college. A quality education that elicits job-promotion success depends on writing and on excellent oral communication skills, regardless of work environment. When students are prepared as the Portaleses propose, they will increasingly become confident adults that employers look for, hire, and keep.

Crowding Out Latinos

This book demonstrates how the “public consciousness” of Latinos has been created and shaped in the United States for decades. Here I show how Latinos and Latinas are often represented, despite our best efforts for inclusion. As the largest group of Spanish-speaking Americans, this socio-cultural study examines the ways in which the media and American society often immobilize Latinos, particularly Mexican Americans, by using images that keep us in place and that discourage many Latinos and Latinas from advancing today.

I analyze portrayals of Spanish-speakers in Hollywood movies, in American and Ethnic Literature, and in our lives and workplaces in Texas, New York, and California. By examining well-known books by Americo Paredes, Sandra Cisneros, Ana Castillo, and famous Hollywood actor Anthony Quinn, I discourage readers from continuing to see Latinos as second-class citizens. Published 17 years before Trump was elected president, this first book shows why all Americans and the world gain when Latinos are encouraged, instead of losing when Latinos are elbowed out.