I wanted to find a resource that dealt with issues of immigration, nationalism, and Latino identity. US-PuertoRicans.org provided an interesting perspective on those themes within the Puerto Rican experience in the United States.
The web site bills itself as “a multimedia community dedicated to the Puerto Rican Diaspora — a place for discussion and learning, for stimulating imagination, and promoting solidarity.” US-PuertoRicans.org encourages writing submissions, links, and nominations for featured organizations from its readers. The site includes two historical narratives of Puerto Rico, current geographic distribution maps, news stories, political rallying cries, user-produced content, and links to other related organizations. The content exists to explain and support the continued common identity among Puerto Ricans, and also to keep cultural ties as the population becomes more geographically diverse.
Immigration is vital to the Puerto Rican story, with more Puerto Ricans now living in the United States than on the Island. A two-way migration has been taking place since the late twentieth century, with Puerto Ricans immigrating to, and emigrating from, the United States. They are now settling all over the country, rather than concentrating in historic strongholds. This Diaspora seems to be viewed as a success, but also a cause for concern among Puerto Ricans. US-PuertoRicans.org has a Google Maps feature that shows population distribution by state and certain cities. The feature works as a way to show the history and current state of Puerto Rican life in America, and can also help to keep track of communities all across the continent as the Diaspora continues.
Finding their people now spread farther across a country which sees them as “perpetual foreigners,” the web site participants look for solidarity.  The shared heritage of Puerto Ricans is one of the most important aspects of the site. The “History Matters” area gives two historical narratives (one describing migration trends and the other detailing political movements) that provide a context for a shared heritage. Pages dedicated to Puerto Rican community and political issues, arts and culture, and self-identity are made to inform and contribute to the Boricua culture as a whole.
US-PuertoRicans.org also shows the balance that many Latino nationalities face in forming their own identities within the larger group. It is evident that there is a sense of “the other” between different Latino descents in Junot Diaz’s “Fiesta 1980,” in which the father’s mistress is referred to only as “the Puerto Rican woman.” Puerto Ricans take great pride in their Taino heritage — a poll on the web site asking the name users wish to claim for Puerto Ricans in the U.S. reveals that users have overwhelming chose either Boricua (49.4 percent) or Puerto Rican (45.2 percent).  The top choices won out over terms Latino, Spanish, or Hispanic. Conversely, US-PuertoRicans.org features issues that have just as much weight with the entire Latino community, such as a stance against new Arizona immigration laws.
 US-PuertoRicans.org, “welcome,” www.us-puertoricans.org, (accessed on 5/3/2010).
 Matthew Frye Jacobson, Roots Too: White Ethnic Revival in Post-Civil Rights America, (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2006), 315
 US-PuertoRicans.org, “Which do you most use to refer to members of the Diaspora,” online poll, http://www.us-puertoricans.org/index.php?option=com_poll&task=results&id=15, (accessed 5/3/2010).