Burro Genius is a memoir of Victor Villaseñor, it is a great book for people to read, it describes all the horrible experiences and how misunderstood he was growing up. The book Burro Genius does a really good job of telling Victor Villaseñor story and how hard it was growing up in the United States being Mexican. The books starts off with him attending a conference for new authors; he was the speaker of the event, but when he began to talk about all of the bad experiences he had growing up everybody was shocked and could not believe what he was saying. Then the book transitions into him being five years old and attending school for the very first time. It was very hard time for him because he did not know any English and it was very difficult
He at the start of the story is stripped of everything that is his culture; his hair, his clothing and most importantly his language. He goes throughout the story with struggles, at first getting beaten for even speaking his native tongue, to being a national code talker. He goes through many changes during the war. From being a quiet, young boy, following the rules and never overspoken, to a tough man who takes pride in his language and culture. He goes through the war with no real friends, afraid that they might end up dying.
After, these deaths he became a very wealthy orphan. When he turned fourteen he, just like his father joined the Royal Army. At the age of sixteen he married a relative to the British king, who was only fourteen at the time. This made his social status go up even farther
Douglass belong to a well off family. The woman of the house thought him how to read and write some things. Until her husband found out that she was teaching him, then she suddenly stopped and was angry at Douglass, when he was reading. They felt like he would listen to the Irishman when he said “They both advised me to run away to the north; that I should find friends there, and that I should be free.” After losing his only source of teaching he resorted to the lest fortunate white kids for help.
Within each book, it questions the message of “culture and gender” (Louelí, “An Interpretive Assessment of Chicano Literature and Criticism”). Clearly, positive figures influenced how the Chicano community acted then and now. Rudolfo Anaya and other Chicano writers
Throughout “The Mexican in Fact, Fiction, and Folkore” examines the term “Mexican” as it is applied in Southwest literature and argues the Anglo society has made a conscious effort to misrepresent Mexicans (Rios 60). He states the people of Mexican descent are viewed as un-American because they are perceived as filthy, lazy, and dumb. Ricatelli adds to the conversation of Mexican stereotypes by examining the literary expressions of Chicanas and Mexicanas in the literature of both the United States and Mexico. In “The Sexual Stereotypes of The Chicana in Literature” Ricatelli explains how in Yankee literature, the Chicana is referred to as the “fat breeder, who is a baby factory” meanwhile the Mexican is described as an “amoral, lusty hot tamale” (Ricatelli 51). He makes note of these stereotypes in order to highlight the ethnocentric and nativist points of view that dominated Anglo literature.
Jovita Gonzalez & Eve Raleigh’s Caballero: A Historical Novel, took place during the Mexican American War. While military officials from the United States were occupying Texas, Mexican men such as Don Santiago de Mendoza y Soria resisted the presence of the Americano. The novel focuses on the many injustices that occur within the Mexican population. One main problem that is presented is the social viewing of race and class. Mexican people with Spanish ancestry were more likely to be respected or accepted, while those whose blood was mixed were perceived as inferior.
"Never Marry a Mexican" by Sandra Cisneros is the story of Clemencia the daughter of a Mexican immigrant. The story demonstrates the culture surrounding Mexican family values, and the hold that still has on Hispanic families living in America. It embraces a stereotypical idea of a traditional Mexican family where the dad works, and the mom stays home and raises a houseful of children. It is the false image that in the Mexican culture a woman having a family is the only thing that counts. While it is based on those core values it is seen from the one person point of view of Clemencia and how those values mold her life.
Both readings claim that Hispanics are here to stay, but with opposing views on how this affects society. One place where Hispanic presence is on the rise is in schools. However, some Hispanic students know more Spanish than English, and therefore struggle in school. This idea of exemplifies the stereotype that Hispanics are “dumb”.