Essay Chicano-Mexican Cultures in the United States
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This paper discusses the history of conflict and assimilation of the Chicano-Mexican cultures into the contemporary American society.
This paper explains that the term “Mexican-American” is used for the original inhabitants of the U.S.-acquired northern territories of Mexico; whereas, “Chicano”, historically a derogatory term, is used for Mexicans who immigrated in the U.S. during the period of the 1930s and 1940s. The author points out that, historically, during the early period of conflict, while the ?Mexican Americans? had already been assimilated into American society, establishing their social and economic status in the society, Chicanos were mainly ?outcasts? in this country. The paper concludes that, today, the Chicano-Mexican society is, and will be, a balance between the traditional and modern cultures, creating a hybrid form of culture and society that is distinctly characteristic of their Mexican and American heritage.
“As the Mexican society is gradually assimilated into the contemporary American society, its future can be traced or patterned right after the history of African Americans in the US. The emergence of the Mexican American and Chicano movements fighting for equality and recognition of their rights in the American society is reminiscent of the civil rights movement of the African Americans during the 1960s (in fact, Mexicans are also included in this protest movement, along with black Americans). In essence, Mexican society and culture of the present and for the future is described as “people between cultures,” where “culture in the borderlands” “human cultures” (metropolitan typifications) are neither necessarily coherent nor always homogeneous.””