HANDOUT B—Reflective Questions:
- Before Yomo, people
couldn't imagine that the cuatro, an instrument from Puerto Rican folk and country
music had a place in salsa, which was viewed as modem, urban Latin
music. Why was his very mix so successful?
- How does Yomo Toro
talk about the relationship between objects and identity?
- How would you characterize Yomo Toro,
as a Puerto Rican artist, an artist, or a Latino artist? Why?
- How is the cuatro a
- Yomo was in the music business for a long time before
he became truly famous. In contrast, Hector Lavoe was
a generation younger than Yomo and became
famous at a much younger age. Do you think that age and experience
are the only factors that allowed Yomo Toro
to cope better with fame than Hector Lavoe?
o Given this oral history and your analysis, what
did you learn about history,
trans-nationalism, identity, fusion and factors for success?
• Have each group report out and discuss the responses
to the questions across groups
• This assignment could evolve into a larger individual
or group reflective essay.
Developing a personal
Ask students to listen to or take one from someone
in her/his family/community. If this is not possible, line up volunteers
within the school or community for interviews.
Ask students to tape their own oral history, using
the guidelines developed by the class as a whole.
As a class, brainstorm
a list of other items that could be classified as transnational. (Reaching
beyond or transcending national boundaries). Collect pictures or objects
and ask students to explain their answers with a one-two paragraph
Objects that exemplify
In the same way that Sr.Toro talked
about the cuatro, ask students to talk about
an object in their lives that would exemplify its meaning. Prepare
a display or a Web page with the objects and the accompanying explanations.
Resources for Oral History