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Musical ImagiNationU.S-Colombian Identity and the Latin Music Boom$
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Maria Elena Cepeda

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814716915

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814716915.001.0001

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La crisis colombiana

La crisis colombiana

Contextualizing the Political Moment

(p.18) 1 La crisis colombiana
Musical ImagiNation

María Elena Cepeda

NYU Press

Colombians have recently emerged as the largest community of South American origin in the United States and as one of the most dynamically transnational populations of the Western hemisphere. This chapter provides a general overview of the ongoing Colombian political crisis and the related history of contemporary Colombian immigration to the United States. It pays particular attention to the current U.S.-Colombian community living in the South Florida-Miami region and the singular political moments that have precipitated their physical displacement to the United States. Deceptively simple, in reality the phrase “political moment” encompasses the complex web of governmental, economic, and sociocultural events that expedited the emergence of an increasingly visible transnational Colombian community by the 1990s.

Keywords:   Colombia, political crisis, Colombian immigration, U.S.-Colombian community, Miami, South Florida

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