Miscommunications

By Latino USA

From the harmless to the serious.

Miscommunications can be pretty typical occurrences for Latinos who are bilingual or bicultural. And often, they’re harmless or even humorous—like a boy who thought his grandmother wanted to take him to a “baby city,” not that she was going to babysit him. But miscommunications can also have grave consequences. During the 1970s, family planning programs in Los Angeles led to many forced sterilizations of women who were confused about what they were consenting to. Plus the definitive theory on Latino “Sorry” songs.

Stories from Miscommunications