This week, the readings introduced particular interventions that sought to address historical exclusions within Chicana/o representation. More so than simply including more voices, these interventions opened a dialogue for a nuanced look at intersectionality, situational identities, and a rejection of a static Chicana/o cultural identity. Discuss how this is represented in the excerpts from Massacre of the Dreamers by Ana Castillo. Also discuss: how does “My Blood is Beautiful” address issues of Chicana feminism, what it means to be a Chicana or Chicano, and the importance of “mixed-blood” to Chicana/o representation?In Rebolledo discussion of “border identities” in “Questioning Nepantla,” who are the list of persons that she includes in her “inscribed identities”?
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Family structure is a huge component of Chicana/o cultural production. It’s within families that shared values and history is inscribed; it is within families and communities that art, food, and love is expressed.This week’s materials discuss changes within Chicano family structure and communities. These changes include physical separation from family and kin, role-reversals of traditional gendered power relations, and differing levels of American acculturation. What I hope you see through these readings is that Chicano families are hybrid representations of the past, present, and future. This hybridity often cause conflict–internally or externally. Discuss Chicana/o cultural hybridity or in-betweeness as it is expressed in families and communities. Perhaps you can relate to it as a Chicana/o yourself or as a person rooted in another cultural identity. In what ways does this in-betweeness (U.S./Mexico) contribute to particular social patterns expressed in contemporary lived experiences?
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Scholars often discuss food and faith as enduring ties to a shared, ethnic identity. Ties endure through one’s ability to participate in rituals or to prepare traditional foods. Due to these connections, food and religion are often seen as unchanging material culture and as a means of in-group belonging. Discuss the concept of belonging (or not-belonging) that we experience as humans through foodways or religious participation. In what ways does food or religion transform “culture” into a tangible expressive reality?
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