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In many cases, first and second generation Latinxs are strongly connected to their country of origin. Dominican migrants in particular have been studied regarding their participation in a binational labor market. Furthermore, studies of Dominican-owned hair salons in New York City can reveal hierarchal beauty standards of hair texture and color rooted in the geopolitical history of the Dominican Republic and in other Latin American countries. Lived experiences of these beauty standards and other hierarchical structures serve to illuminate stories the body can tell about histories of colonialism. In this section, we highlight the ways in which cross-cultural identities of Latinxs from Peru and the Dominican Republic can influence daily experiences with education, work, language, and leisure.
Arlene Hernandez and Abby Outerson