Carlos K. BlantonGeorge I. Sánchez: The Long Fight for Mexican American Integration

July 12, 2015

Although the designation now applies to American citizens of Mexican ethnicity writ large, the term Mexican American (hyphenated or not) also refers to the rising generation of ethnic Mexicans born and raised in the U.S. that came into adulthood during the Great Depression, World War II, and the early Cold War years. In a new […]

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Roberto Lint SagarenaAztlán and Arcadia: Religion, Ethnicity, and the Creation of Place

September 23, 2015

The (re)making of place has composed an essential aspect of Southern California history from the era of Spanish colonialism to the present. In Aztlán and Arcadia: Religion, Ethnicity, and the Creation of Place (NYU Press, 2014) Associate Professor of American Studies at Middlebury College Roberto Ramón Lint Sagarena examines the competing narratives of Anglo American […]

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Leonard CassutoThe Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It

September 22, 2015

The discontented graduate student is something of a cultural fixture in the U.S. Indeed theirs is a sorry lot. They work very hard, earn very little, and have very poor prospects. Nearly all of them want to become professors, but most of them won't. Indeed a disturbingly large minority of them won't even finish their degrees. It's little […]

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Brett HendricksonBorder Medicine: A Transcultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo

September 17, 2015

Mexican American religious healing – often called curanderismo – is a vital component of life in the US-Mexican borderlands. In his book Border Medicine: A Transcultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo (New York University Press, 2014) – Brett Hendrickson tracks healers going back to the nineteenth century and even before. He argues that these healing practices were […]

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Deborah R. VargasDissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda

September 14, 2015

In her transformative text Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Gloria Anzaldua referred to the U.S.-Mexico border region as "una herida abierta (an open wound) 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 form a third country–a border culture." To […]

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Natalia MolinaHow Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts

September 2, 2015

"America is a nation of immigrants." Either this common refrain, or its cousin the "melting pot" metaphor is repeated daily in conversations at various levels of U.S. society. Be it in the private or public realm, these notions promote a compelling image of national inclusivity that appears not to be limited to particular notions of […]

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Ignacio M. GarcíaChicano While Mormon: Activism, War, and Keeping the Faith

August 25, 2015

Identities are complicated things. Often contradictory and rarely easily understood, identities emerge early in ones life and are shaped continually through daily social relations as we seek to make sense of the world and our place in it. To some, the identities of Chicano and Mormon may seem contradictory or oxymoronic. The prior is an […]

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Laura Isabel SernaMaking Cinelandia: American Films and Mexican Film Culture Before the Golden Age

August 17, 2015

During the early decades of the 20th century the nation of Mexico entered the modern era through a series of social, political, and economic transformations spurred by the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920. At the same time, American film companies increasingly sought opportunities to expand their market share by exporting films to exhibitionists in Mexico and Latin […]

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Tomás Summers SandovalLatinos at the Golden Gate: Creating Community and Identity in San Francisco

July 26, 2015

Since the mid-19th century, San Francisco (or Yerba Buena as it was known during the Spanish colonial period) has been considered a gateway city ideally situated along the western edge of the North American continent and central in the development of global trade, communication, and cultural exchange. Despite the city's early history as a Spanish colonial […]

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