By Gilda L. Ochoa
At the floor, Mexican american citizens and Mexican immigrants to the us appear to proportion a standard cultural identification yet frequently make uneasy pals. Discrimination and assimilationist guidelines have motivated generations of Mexican american citizens in order that a few now worry that the prestige they've got received by means of assimilating into American society could be jeopardized by means of Spanish-speaking beginners. different Mexican americans, notwithstanding, undertake a place of workforce team spirit and paintings to raised the social stipulations and academic possibilities of Mexican immigrants. targeting the Mexican-origin, working-class urban of l. a. Puente in la County, California, this ebook examines Mexican americans' daily attitudes towards and interactions with Mexican immigrants--a subject that has up to now bought little critical learn. utilizing in-depth interviews, player observations, institution board assembly mins, and different historic records, Gilda Ochoa investigates how Mexican americans are negotiating their relationships with immigrants at an interpersonal point within the areas the place they store, worship, examine, and lift their households. This learn into day-by-day lives highlights the centrality of girls within the technique of negotiating and development groups and sheds new gentle on id formation and team mobilization within the U.S. and on academic matters, specifically bilingual schooling. It additionally enhances prior experiences at the impression of immigration at the wages and employment possibilities of Mexican americans. (200601)
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Conquest, the California gold rush brought with it economic competition that resulted in a wave of anti-Mexicanism. With the exception perhaps of the wealthy Californios, White newcomers to California stopped distinguishing between Californios and Mexican immigrants, and in the minds of many, they all became ‘‘greasers’’ or ‘‘foreigners,’’ regardless of generation. In the gold mines, such anti-Mexican sentiment manifested itself in lynchings, beatings, and robberies of Mexican American and Mexican immigrant miners.
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Becoming neighbors in a Mexican American community: power, conflict, and solidarity by Gilda L. Ochoa