Editor: Ricia Chansky
On September 20, 2017, Hurricane María battered Puerto Rico for over twenty-two hours. The real catastrophe, however, seems to be the ways in which the people of Puerto Rico have been ignored in its aftermath.
Since the hurricane, the abject lack of U.S. government support has left many on the island without electricity, clean drinking water, food, and medical care. Nine months later, the island remains shattered.
Mi María brings together stories of survival and community with an interrogation of the politics of citizenry rooted in the history of Puerto Rico and the United States, and exemplified by the lack of support offered in the aftermath of this disaster.
Ricia Chansky is an Associate Professor of literature at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. An essential part of this will be training 100 of her students to be conscientious, ethical oral historians who will collect narratives for the project from their home communities.
Read more about the project on our blog.