Chicana/o Experience: Contemporary Issues. ETHN 100 Week 12 Session 1. Last Session. Sketched the structural and cultural influences that shape the political dimension of the Mexican American experience by focusing on the evolution of Chicana/o communities in Los Angeles, California. .
ETHN 100 Week 12 Session 1
“The international border suggests limitations, boundaries over which American power and might have little or no control. It implies a dual vision, that of two nations looking at each other over a strip of land they hold in common. It acknowledges that at least two distinct peoples meet in this region, neither having the certain destiny of cultural and military superiority, and with conflict being an ever-present historical possibility…
Underlying Ideas: Borders as rigid, fixed, separating two discrete parties with distinct world views and ways of life.
“The border, however, is also a social construct and has a distinct history. Simply demarking a line in the desert or a point on a river which designates the jurisdiction of two governments does not address the social and cultural significance assigned to that spot. It fails to account for the complex cultural and economic relationships that intertwine two countries when they share a common border. Moreover, the relationship between the United States and Mexico is further complicated by the fact that that the northern side of this legal boundary was once held by the Republic of Mexico. As movement across this boundary increases, both sides have vested interest in “creating” and “recreating” the border to suit the new social and economic realities of the region. The first four decades of [the previous] century saw the border social invented in its modern version, to meet the needs of both governments.”
Underlying Ideas: Borders as fluid, overlapping, historical, and having social meanings that change.