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Nuyorican

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Nuyorican is a blending of the phrases "New York" and "Puerto Rican" and refers to the members or culture of the Puerto Rican diaspora located in or around New York City, or of their descendants (especially those raised or still living in the New York area).

The term is used to identify heritage or ethnicity instead of, or in addition to, the standardized census categories of white, black, Asian, American Indian or Alaska native, or Hawaii or Pacific Island native.

The term Nuyorican is also sometimes used to refer to the Spanish spoken by New York Puerto Ricans.

History of the term

The Oxford English Dictionary cites this word as evolving slowly through roughly the last third of the 20th century, with the first cited reference being poet J. Carrero using neorriqueño in 1964 as a Spanish-language adjective combining neoyorquino and puertorriqueño, and many other variants occurring along the way, including neorican, neoricano, newyorican, Neo-Rican, Neorican, and New Yorrican. Nuyorican itself dates at least from 1975, the date of the first public sessions of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

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