Rebecca Norris CCS 100/Section 1 Del Castillo Spring 2016 Final Essay Exam Luis H. Román Garcia, the author of the essay “In Search of My Queer Aztlán” shares his journey through life as a queer Chicano man and what that means of his self-identity. Along with this personal view of himself, Román Garcia postulates on the position in which these identities fit into the sociopolitical outside world beyond his own self-perception.
In 1967, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales published his poem, “Yo Soy Joaquin” and it had a profound impact on Chicano social identity. The poem is considered to be the “epic of the Mexican-American people (Blackwell, 110). On March 23, 1969, the Chicano Youth Liberation Conference was assembled. A generation of Mexican-American youth came together on a large scale to discuss and act on issues plaguing the Mexican-American community: discrimination and oppression. The Mexican-American’s history of struggle and sentiment for change peaked during the Civil Rights Movement, which formulated the Chicano social identity.
"Hunger of Memory" by Richard Rodriguez is a controversial publication that is likely to bring about an intense debate especially among US Latinos. Rodriguez exposes the vital social and political issues with significant reference to his life through this esthetically exquisite book. The experiences relate to an event in the past when he was compelled to change the language he speaks from Spanish to English when he commenced his schooling life. It also exposes how he clashed with affirmative action agendas. The book is more of an autobiography that narrates Richard Rodriguez's upcoming in America.
In Hurtado and Gurin’s article, we see the first label of Chicano as “the Chicano Generation” originating from 1966 to present time. The generation before the Chicana/o generation were the Mexicanos whom valued the Spanish language over English, Mexican customs, and their Mexican culture. However, the article states that the Chicano Generation, although derived from Mexican ancestry, critiqued the Mexicanos based on their “loyalty” to the United States. Thus, the Chicano Generation deviated from their Mexican culture, but did not fully assimilate to an American culture.5 Chicanas/os placed themselves in between, not accustoming to one culture or the other; thus, creating their own. From this, we can conclude that the early definition of a Chicana/o social identity is solely that of a first generation American-born citizen into a Mexican-American
Always Running Final Paper Today it isn’t difficult for a Chicanx or other minority to get a degree or create a prosperous life for themselves through hard work, but back in the mid-1900s, that was not the case. The American Southwest in the mid-1900s was not the most inviting or friendliest place for Mexicans and Chicanos. Many were born into extreme poverty or already came impoverished, many were degraded and sometimes dehumanized by racism, and many felt like they did not belong in the land of the free. Often times, young Mexicans and Chicanos had no choice. They had to resort to roaming the streets, doing drugs, committing crimes, and joining gangs in order to feel like they belonged and to give meaning to their lives.
Student’s Name Instructor’s Name Course Date of Submission American History Introduction Latino Americans are currently considered the largest minority groups in the U.S.A. They went through a lot of periods, setbacks and activities before reaching this stage. The paper explores the events of the years between 1900-1950, 1950-1970, and 1980-2012. It discusses how these events helped shape the history and impacted the lives of the Latino Americans.
He argues this case through many sources, one of which described that Mexicans are not capable of straying away from their own culture and even included U.S. born Mexicans Americans, thus making them more prone to creating a new nation within the U.S. southwest (35-36). Chavez explains that the scholar does not
“Aztlan, Cibola and Frontier New Spain” is a chapter in Between the Conquests written by John R. Chavez. In this chapter Chavez states how Chicano and other indigenous American ancestors had migrated and how the migration help form an important part of the Chicanos image of themselves as a natives of the south. “The Racial Politics behind the Settlement of New Mexico” is the second chapter by Martha Menchaca.
Immigration is deeply rooted in the American culture, yet it is still an issue that has the country divided. Marcelo and Carola Suarez-Orozco, in their essay, “How Immigrants Became ‘Other’” explore the topic of immigration. They argue that Americans view many immigrants as criminals entering America with the hopes of stealing jobs and taking over, but that this viewpoint is not true. They claim that immigrants give up a lot to even have a chance to come into America and will take whatever they can get when they come. The Suarez-Orozco’s support their argument using authority figures to gain credibility as well as exemplification through immigrant stories.
Throughout the course of history, Mexican Americans have had a burdensome experience in how to identify in the United States. Beginning from the American colonization to the span of our current time period, Mexican Americans had been brutally shun from society and labeled inferior to the white race despite all effort to assimilate into the American ways. Spanning from 1846 to 1848, the Mexican American war resulted in the seizure of Mexican land thus changing the lives of thousands of Mexicans living on those lands. These lands, now American soil, were inhabited by Mexicans and through the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, there inhabitants were granted an option of American citizenship or the movement back to Mexican territory. Through these terms those who stayed to gain the citizenship were to be categorized as legally white yet socially tagged inferior.
Mexicans are separated into two different groups, Mexicans and Mexican Americans. Mexican Americans are born in the United States from full or partial Mexican descent. Mexicans are full or partial Mexican descent, born in Mexico. Although the definition of each, are interpreted differently from person to person. History and present day have shown that both ethnic groups, for the most part, do not get along.
The Mexican migration to America both mirrored that of the European migration to America as well as differed from it. Both brought immense numbers of people into the United States in the very early days of America. Both groups relied heavily on support systems like their own family, both who came along with them and who did not, because it was such a tremendous move. Both groups of course too, were outsiders in a new world. However, unlike the Europeans, Mexican immigration into America never ended, it is an ongoing pursuit to this day.
This poem “I Am Joaquin” helped establish the term “Chicano” and helped the concept of Chicanoism. Prior to the 1960s the term “Chicanos” was not used, but through this poem it was able to establish this Chicano identity. It helped bring this identity together and people began to call themselves as Chicano/as. (Lecture 10/8) Roldofo Gonzales insisted that we as Mexican Americans needed to stand up and work for justice.
These two policies are important because thanks to them Mexico was able to provide asylum to exiles and support Spain against fascism and Nazism (Los Exiliados Españoles En El México Cardenista). Mexico is not always thought as a country of immigrants, but around 75,000 Spanish Civil War refugees arrived to its shores, were it not possible to president Lázaro Cardenas who welcomed them to live and work in Mexico (How the Spanish Civil War Drove My Family to Mexico). President Cardenas defended his decision by pointing out how both the Spaniards and Mexico would benefit, thanks to the Spaniards ´expertise and preparation – acquired at hardly any cost – and expressing his faith in a quick and smooth integration process of and immigrant group so closely related to Mexico throughout history (Faber, 220). Republicans were benefited with a quick and smooth immigration process, were recruited for jobs in factories and agricultural projects, and college students, which were many, had admission to the best cultural institutions and universities. Additionally, Mexico´s government offered huge dwellings so that Spaniards could start settling in their new home (Hernández de Leon-Portilla, 143).
The book named “Disgrace” has discussed the story of the David Lurie. The professor has divorced two times and he has a child. In each Thursday afternoon, the professor spends ninety minutes with the prostitute Soraya. After the quarrel with Soraya, the professor has turned into his students in order to fulfill his sexual desires. Every day the professor noticed his student in the garden and then he offered her at his home for dinner.