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Still We Rise: Performances at AD&D Museum Dedicated to all of the Dreamers Amongst our Population at UCSB

Funding Source: Chicano Studies Institute
Principal Investigator: Dr. Monique Meunier

Still We Rise is a collaborative performance between art, music, dance, and poetry. An abstract examination on immigration and DACA explores the hispanic culture and its integration into American society through the intercultural experience. The immersion, infusion, adaptation, and transformation of becoming ‘Americanized’, for example. The performance delves into the confusion of slowly losing one’s heritage while struggling to fit in and seek equal opportunities. 

The main narrative is the uncertainty of immigration to date and how we strive to protect minors who were brought to this country through no fault of their own. They are a group of young people that have been educated and raised here in the U.S. They are Americans who only lack legal recognition. For those that live here, we have to understand we are all immigrants and compassion is vital. For the ones with hostile rhetoric and pointing fingers, If we just point it to ourselves, you too can say 'I was an immigrant’. By examining the personal evolution of an immigrant and first generation American, the performance offers a valuable landscape and brings to surface the necessity for an intercultural society and need for diversity.

The controversy of legal immigration as opposed to illegal immigration is explored as it is often debated in the political circles of the country. The dance displays how Americans have a divided opinion when it comes to the issue of migration. The sequences between dancers probes into how many Americans feel that the country benefits from immigrants and how some Americans feel that immigrants intrude on the American way of life and create unemployment by taking jobs meant for Americans. How anti-immigrant hostility is rooted by fear about people losing their jobs and fear about American culture being diluted. Still We Rise examines how the opposite is true and that immigration is good for the overall health of the American society in that the impact of immigration has been positive on the American economy, as well as, careful inspection of how dreamers are part of Americas future and how comprehensive immigration reform could lead a path to legality for those already here.