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Interview with Michelle Elias Bloomer

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Title

Interview with Michelle Elias Bloomer

Date

3/28/17

Publisher

HI251C: History of Latinx in the U.S.

Description

Michelle talked about her experience of moving from Puerto Rico to Boston and her identity as a Latina

Language

English

Abstract

Michelle Elias Bloomer participated in an interview conducted by her daughter, Drea Bloomer, over Skype. She discussed her transition in moving to Boston from Puerto Rico in order to attend school at Boston College. She studied law and is currently a Dean at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown, Massachusetts. She and her Irish American husband raised their two children - Conor Bloomer, who is 23 years old and Drea Bloomer, who is 19 years old and conducting the interview as aforementioned - in Boston, Massachusetts. She confronted her discourse with her Latinx identity in regards to the gender roles that were imparted on her which she did not wish to adhere to. Because of this she feels less connected to Latinidad as an identity, however, even though that disenchanted her from it and urged her to raise her children with different ideals in regards to gender, she will always identify as a Latina. She also further discussed her identity in regards to her own diverse cultural background which includes Lebanese and Corsican heritage. Issues surrounding the current Puerto Rican debt crisis and whether or not she thinks independence or statehood would ever be a possibility for the island.

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Interviewer

Bloomer, Drea

Interviewee

Michelle Elias Bloomer

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Citation

“Interview with Michelle Elias Bloomer ,” Skidmore Saratoga Memory Project, accessed June 24, 2017, http://ssmp.skidmore.edu/document/597.

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