Borderlands La Frontera Summary

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Divided not By Choice “The U.S- Mexican border es una herida abierta where the Third World grates against the first and bleeds. And before a scab forms it hemorrhages again, the lifeblood of two worlds merging to for a third country- a border culture. Border are set up to define the places that are safe and unsafe, to distinguish us from them.” (Gloria Anzaldua/Borderlands La Frontera: The New Mestiza 2nd Edition (Page 25) Gloria Anzaldua wrote Borderlands La Frontera: The New Mestiza and was originally published in 1987. Even though this book was written long ago, this book is a great example of what most Mexican-Americans struggle with on a day-by-day basis especially to those that do not follow Mexican customs and traditions. A lot of…show more content…
When I realized that I was not going to be accepted on either culture, I then decided that I would be my own person. I had realized that the no matter how hard I tried, I would never be either a full Mexicana or an Americana. I then knew who I was and acted on what I thought was right. I spoke and dressed as how I felt comfortable. I no longer tried to be fully part of one culture. I had my moral and beliefs based on two cultures. My Mexican culture and the culture that is taking place on what I called home. For example, the feast day of La Virgen de Guadalupe is a huge celebration in Mexico. Due to my American culture, I am not able to celebrate the way they do in Mexico. I do know the significance and how powerful she and what she represents to my culture. My family in Mexico makes a feast for her and honors her by going to the Basilica of Guadalupe and camp out to see her personally. As in for me, I just attend mass for her and set a flower on a portrait of her. There are many other holidays that I accommodate to keep my Mexican Culture alive. This is a choque. Taboo for other, but perfectly normal for me and the many who have to pass this kind of
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