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The White Tortilla, Lessons of Ethnic Diversity and Tolerance


The White Tortilla: Reflections of a Second Generation Mexican-American is the first book from David P. Diaz, Ed.D., an educator and administrator at Cuesta College, in San Luis Obispo, California.

Diaz wrote the memoirs, originally, for his children as a history of their Latino heritage. The book took on a larger role and meaning as his term the “White Tortilla” took hold. “This is a book for the ‘hyphens’ of America,” says Diaz. “Whether Mexican-American, Italian-American, Chinese-American, or so on, this book relates a common story of determination in the midst of stereotyping, bigotry and discrimination.”

Diaz, a second generation Mexican-American, recounts his life and the lessons of growing up in an ethnically diverse neighborhood. Concurrently, he focuses on the dilemma of those he labels “White Tortillas,” Americans caught in their own purgatory of ambivalence, unable to “fit in” with either their native or the dominant cultural society.

The brief, and often humorous, vignettes chronicle David’s quest for success and acceptance and dispense his consejo (advice) to all who seek success in a diverse America. The lessons of the White Tortilla form a patchwork of life and love and illustrate a paradigm for success—a strategy for adapting to the challenges of the modern world.

“Inspiration is what this book is all about.” Cuestonian Book Review

"This book is “a well executed and thoughtful account that would be valuable and fun for those in search of meaning and reflection on questions of identity and success.” Latino Today Book Review


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