The Border and the Contingent Status of Mexican Workers
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
In this excerpt from her new book "Not 'A Nation of Immigrants'," Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz argues that the politics of the border and the racialization of Mexican laborers has been a longstanding and glaring exception to the American myth of welcoming immigrants.
SOURCE: CBS Sports
Stealing Home' Author Eric Nusbaum Discusses the Secret History of Dodger Stadium
Nusbaum's book, released in March, details the human cost of the stadium's construction.
SOURCE: Smithsonian Magazine
Fifty Years Ago, Fed Up With the City’s Neglect, a San Diego Community Rose Up to Create Chicano Park
Making Tierra Mía, says the director of the Smithsonian Latino Center, proved transformative in giving voice to the people
SOURCE: History Now
Risk Takers and History Makers: Mexican Women of the World War II Generation
by Vicki L. Ruiz
Latina history is American history.
Lowrider culture spreads to Brazil
...The word “cholo” itself has a contentious history. In the Spanish colonial era, it was a derogatory term for some indigenous people, and by the 19th century it was used in the United States to demean Mexican laborers and some mixed-raced people, according to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States.By the 20th century, the term “cholo” shifted to refer to people associated with a gang, or to those who simply copied their aesthetics and style, implying “a refusal to assimilate” into the dominant mainstream culture, the encyclopedia explains. Today, the term is deplored by some and embraced by others.In Brazil, however, lowriders and the aesthetics of Mexican-American street culture took a different route, one that sometimes passed through another country first. “I saw my first lowriders in Japan, and I was immediately fascinated by their allure,” said Sergio Hideo Yoshinaga, 43, the owner of a garage in São Paulo where motorists pay hefty amounts, sometimes reaching more than $100,000, to have their cars transformed into curb-crawling masterpieces....
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