A book for all ages: Así Somos | Who We Are arrives to Chicago

By Deborah López

Chicago, IL (June 27, 2015) – The presentation and signing of the acclaimed book

Así Somos | Who We Are, hosted by the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture and the Chicago Chapter of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women was a reaffirmation that our core values, namely our “Puerto Ricaness” transcends life styles and changing times.


A capacity audience came to hear author and educator Ada Nivia López, who shared specific occurrences that gave rise to her concept and the need to publish. Así Somos | Who We Are; a unique collection of photographic s with bilingual narratives designed by master artist Antonio Martorell, who highlighted the diversity and cultural richness of the Puerto Rican people on the island and its diaspora. 50 copies of the book were signed by the author and photographer in theprincipal gallery of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Deborah López served as MC and Alejandro Molina, Secretary of the Board of Directors of the PRCC, introduced Nivia López, speaking of her family’s legacy of struggle in our community’s history, and more specifically of Nivia López’ postive role throughout the struggles we have faced.


Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and raised in Chicago, Ada gave a heartfelt presentation.  Many thanked her for giving us a book that illuminates the heart and soul of the Puerto Rican people and for having included Puerto Ricans in Hawaii. The images were taken by award winning photographer Mark Joseph. The images evoke deep feelings connecting the reader with Puerto Rican core values including hospitality, compassion, generosity, joy and resilience.  Based on the expression of guests who represented multi-generations and ethnicities, Así Somos | Who We Are begins to bridge the gap between the ages, the eras, and across the diaspora.

More information:  www.asisomoswhoweare.com

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