Celebrating Debutantes and Quinceaneras: Coming of Age in American Ethnic Communities

Evelyn Ibatan Rodriguez


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Celebrating Debutantes and Quinceaneras: Coming of Age in American Ethnic Communities

Looking beyond the satin gowns, opera-length gloves, and sparkling tiaras that signify Filipino debutantes and Mexican Quinceaneras, the author examines the meaning of these coming-of-age rituals of immigrant American families.  The book draws parallels between these communal ceremonies, as they share a commonality in Spanish heritage and Catholicism in a highly ritualized celebration. Rodriguez analyzes these rites and festivities to explain what they reveal about the individuals, families, and communities that organize and participate in them.