Silent Dancing: Importance of Women in the

Process of Migration and Assimilation

 Juanita Rodríguez Betancourt

Universidad del Turabo


Juanita Rodríguez Betancourtis a PhD candidate and an associate professor at Turabo University where she teaches ESL. Her research interests are related to Puerto Rican literature in the diaspora.


Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood is a collection of essays and poetry written by Judith Ortiz Cofer. Through the narrations, Ortiz Cofer achieves a vivid account of her childhood and the difficulties in growing up between two very different cultures. Cofer’s recollections written through an autobiographical-memoir style reflect her bilingual-bicultural childhood. In her writings, she focuses mainly on themes related to being a female and growing up in a foreign environment. Throughout this research paper, I will focus on two main themes, the role of women in the migration process and the process of assimilation. Although I will utilize the text as the main source of analysis, other sources will be incorporated to illustrate different issues related to these two basic themes.