Folkloric Citizenship and Immigrant Personhood
This chapter deals with Peruvian migrants' attempts to fashion themselves collectively through public performance into subjects worthy of citizenship, recognition, and belonging in Peru and the United States. It views the yearly Peruvian Parade as a significant site for and register of collective self-refashioning for U.S.-based Peruvian migrants in their claims to citizenship and belonging. By analyzing the organization, epistemology, context, and experience of the event, the chapter explores how this large-scale public spectacle serves not only as a medium to negotiate the multiple meanings of “Peruvianness” at play, but also to mediate the links between racial, classed, and gendered subjectivities and claims to national belonging in both Peru and the United States. The relational identifications between Peruvians of different class and regional backgrounds are informed by long-term politics of race and class, which have defined national life in Peru.
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