I accidentally lost this ask, so I don’t have the exact wording. I apologize. The gist of it: @c-hella wondered why it was bad for Rolling Stone, in their recent shitty article, to describe Lin as not being “from an immigrant family” when they remember him very definitely correcting Charlie Rose when Rose described his parents, or was it just his dad, as immigrants. They specified they were not trying to be difficult or start anything–and they weren’t, they were very nice, reasonable, and friendly, and just honestly curious/wanting to understand.
Lin’s also let plenty of interviewers use the word, iirc, although Puerto Rico is of course part of the United States, and so technically his parents aren’t immigrants (mom born in PR, dad went to NYU from PR on a grad school scholarship). I’ve wondered about that before; it may have to do with time constraints and the purpose of the interview. But what is clear, including from what Lin is constantly saying about his background–about his life–and about the inspiration and personal meaning of the content of his major works, is that there are a lot of similarities in the experiences of people who come to the mainland U.S. from Puerto Rico and people who come to the U.S. from other countries, and that extends to the experiences of their children. For example: the reasons they come; unfamiliarity with the culture and language (things Lin has actually said about his dad when he made the move for grad school); economic challenges; hard work; stigma about being “foreign”; extreme emphasis on education for both basic security and upward mobility, especially for the next generation; difficult or complicated feelings about home and belonging.
No problem with the question at all, it’s good to mention. The problem with it in the article was that RS used their statement that Lin was “never from an immigrant family” to disconnect him from everything about his background that mirrors a Latinx immigrant experience, including by passing over the very important fact of the strongly immigrant Latinx part of New York where he grew up, for and about which he created a major musical, and where he returned to live and has chosen to raise a family. Their point wasn’t to clarify Puerto Rico’s status (which is important for all Americans to know), or what that means for people who come to the mainland U.S. from there versus to the U.S. from outside the U.S. They were using the statement to try to sound smarter than the rest of the Hamilton press/LMM praise and in the context of ascribing LMM privilege he never had. And, well. The rest of it’s in the posts people already made that I reblogged. (Start here, for someone who hasn’t seen them.)
And I just can’t resist the opportunity to post this beautiful pic of Lin and his dad from #Bam4Ham again.
@Lin-Manuel: We saved a souvenir from the Rose Garden freestyle.