Comparison Of Abrego And Diaz 's Life

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I was laughing at how relatable, how real, how honest it all felt. “This is how you treat your mother? . . . And this is how you treat your daughter?” (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, p. 55). This was a phrase that constantly echoed throughout my family home. The parallels were amusing but soon became uncomfortably similar. The transnational family, the machismo, the self hate that lived within children of color, Whiteness, the trauma from living in an impoverished country with a corrupt government, Oscar’s mental health, the Fukú, the Zafa, and so many more similarities were piling up. It was theory disguised as a fictional narrative. Not only that, but very similar concepts were being discussed in Leisy Abrego’s Sacrificing Families. Although different genres, both Abrego and Díaz have arguments on what structures a transnational family (a family that “sustains multi-stranded social relations that link together their societies of origin and settlement”) (Arredondo 2016). Both include the concepts of gender, internal colonialism, and intersectionality. When looking at gender, Abrego and Díaz mention how the expectations of gender perpetuate specific ideologies. Abrego, for example, explains how gender expectations cause for mothers and fathers to have distinct experiences when in the United States, which in turn affects the emotional and economic well-being of their children in El Salvador (Abrego, 2014, p. 194). Migrant Salvadoran mothers are burdened with the idea

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