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Whether or not to be NYC, that’s the question

In Santa Cruz we talk about the NYC to differentiate those born and raised in the province, from immigrants.
How we talk
| 14 February, 2020 |

Are you NYC? is a question that usually circulates among people residing in Santa Cruz. The acronym NYC refers to people born and raised in the province of Santa Cruz as opposed to those who come from outside, immigrants. Also called derogatively VYQ (for comers and stayers) and TAF (for forcibly brought).

Words are a product of necessity. In northern Argentina, for example, there are no acronyms to differentiate natives from immigrants. It is not necessary, because of the sense of belonging possessed by the majority of its inhabitants. Santa Cruz, on the other hand, is a province with a high proportion of immigrants, with people coming and going from everywhere of the country. In the midst of so much migratory movement, being NYC implies reaffirming the sense of belonging to the place. With something unique. With the south, the cold, the wind, and that landscape that frightens the bravest and falls in love with the most insensitive. But it also comes with a totally new plus: it brings privileges.

Much more than an acronym

NYC is a term that has attracted the attention of academics because of its social implications. One of the benefits of being NYC, according to its members, is having priority access to housing, land, or place in school. However, not all Santacruceños agree with this kind of acronym. Many consider it a little meaningful way to identify the population. Who’s NYC? Who doesn’t? Opinions are often found. A real NYC would be a tehuelche. But what about those who were born and show little love for their land? They say that being born or raised in one place does not make you superior or inferior to another person, but makes you different.

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