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Being Latin in London - Part 1 | Latino Life
A march to save the market in August. Because they are the most visible signs, it can be tempting to think gentrification is largely about the dystopian Meccano of luxury flat construction, or the arrival of pop-up shops that only sell poached eggs. They are baubles which magnetise popular attention, and by the time they've arrived, it's too late. More often ignored, at the sharp end of urban transformation, are those resisting their displacement by the baubles: a steady murmur of impassioned local campaigns to save treasured community assets — libraries, parks, youth centres, clubs, pubs, independent shops — from the smiting hand of developers and local councils. Two of the most intense such battles going on in London at the moment have one striking thing in common: they are both vital community hubs for Latin American Londoners.
Latin American Londoners: becoming more visible
There is a double jeapardy to being Latino in London; if the concept of 'being Latino' itself causes enough debate among Latin Americans, you can imagine what the idea of being Latino in the world's most cosmipolitan city can produce. Can there really be more ways of being Latino than there already are? I am proud of being Latin American and I find it incredible to be able to pass on our warmth to other people, " says Tav from Brasil. Lots of paper has been used by scholars, artists and intellectuals to write about identity.
Latin American migration to the United Kingdom dates back to the early 19th century. However, up until the s, when political and civil unrest became rife in many Latin American countries, the United Kingdom 's Latin American community was not particularly large. Large numbers of refugees and asylum seekers moved to the UK during the late 20th century, however, since the turn of the millennium, Latin Americans have been migrating to the UK for a wide range of reasons and at present the community consists of people from all walks of life.