Oklahoma cultural contributions
There is an enormous amount of talent in the Latino community of Oklahoma but bringing Latino culture, music, language, and other artistic expressions to the mainstream has been partly thwarted because there aren’t financial resources available and because racial barriers still exist, both of which impede the exploring of new venues and outlets for expressing these talents. And yet, despite the obstacles preventing further inclusion, there is growing visibility of Latino culture and pockets of greater appreciation. Today, there is a growing number of Latino festivals and cultural celebrations in the state. The Mariachi Festival in Oklahoma City, the various Day of the Dead and Cinco de Mayo celebrations statewide, and the educational forums on Latin American migrations and Latino culture all evidence the growing appeal of Latino culture. The Tulsa County Library system has a Hispanic Resource Center, and Tulsa Community College has a cable show addressing Latino themes. State-run agencies and commissions are also demonstrating increased interest in the changing cultural demographics of Oklahoma.
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Gouveia, Lourdes, Miguel Carranza, and Jasney Cogua The Great Plains Migration: Mexicans and Latinos in Nebraska. In New Destinations: Mexican Immigration in the United States. Eds. Victor Zuniga and Ruben Hernandez-Leon. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2005.
Massey, Doug, Jorge Durand, and Nolan Malone. Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2003.
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Zuniga, Victor and Ruben Hernandez-Leon, eds. New Destinations: Mexican Immigration in the United States. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2005.