“Like many boricuas on Saturday, Aug. 13, I celebrated when tennis player Monica Puig won gold in the single women’s division and became both Puerto Rico’s first gold win and a woman’s first gold win for the island. It was an overall historic moment that everyone back in the island basked in with full pride. I’ve noticed a trend on social media regarding the Olympics: multiple posts and tweets about how Puerto Rico shouldn’t compete independently, confused as to why Puerto Rico is competing in the first place or that a victory for Puerto Rico supposedly ‘counts’ because it’s a U.S. commonwealth.”
This is good article showing the distinct nationalism of Puerto Rico and its political ties with the United States. This is but one of the many example of how you can link students’ interest in the Olympics to expand their understanding about the world. Also, this protest of Iran’s gendered spaces is another poignant article.
Tags: Puerto Rico, political, autonomy, sport, popular culture.