Category Archives: Cultural Studies

Which Side Are You on?: History Absolves the Losers?

People keep asking me whether I feel bad about Eric Garcetti’s trip to Mexico City and his apparent support of CSUN President Dianne Harrison in signing the UNAM accord. I am disappointed with him, but I am more upset with some of … Continue reading

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The Silencing of the Lambs: The Hispanic Generation

“Silence of the Lambs” is from the Thomas Harris’ 1988 novel that was made into a movie three years later starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. It is about the imprisoned cannibalistic psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter. I suspect the title was first … Continue reading

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The University A Bastion of White Supremacy

Chicana/o and ethnic studies department at California State University at Los Angeles is under siege. Led by the administrations and faculty bodies at these institutions, the goal is to cut access of the ethnic studies programs to general education. GE … Continue reading

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Lowriting Book Signing at Mi Vida Boutique in Highland Park

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Ivan Illich’s Toe

Other than my stint in the army, the first time I had ever been outside of Los Angeles for more than a week was in the spring of 1971 when I visited Cuernavaca, Mexico for several months.  Bored as hell I … Continue reading

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El Baruyo: Context in Understanding History Unforgettable Characters

Context is everything in understanding what happened in the past. “Historical context refers to the moods, attitudes, and conditions that existed in a certain time. Context is the ‘setting’ for an event that occurs, and it will have an impact on … Continue reading

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The Word Neo is not New: The Age of the Billionaires

Every day I realize more how little we have progressed since the nineteenth century in terms of ideas. Our technological advances dwarf our ability to conceptualize new paradigms. It is as if we are trapped in a twilight zone. Take, for … Continue reading

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Los Pochos y Los Vendidos: “Viví en el monstruo y le conozco las entrañas”

When I sat down to conceptualize Chicana/o Studies, I was forced to distinguish it from Mexican Studies. If I had not done so, I would have never gotten it through the committees. I also had to differentiate CHS from race … Continue reading

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Response to Harry: “Numbers Lie and Liars Figure”

I would first like to thank Harry for his rebuttal of sorts, but again he is not seeing the point. He responds that “I certainly think that the department faculty should be consulted closely on like matters because of their … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of Words: Privatization, Marketization, Globalization “Greed is Good”

People keep telling me about the need for an ideology as if it alone will correct the imperfections of society. But what they don’t understand is that disparate ideologies often confuse the problem of communications. The lowest common denominator in … Continue reading

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21st Century Outlawing of Ethnic Studies: “For the sake of American Democracy”

The current assault on Ethnic Studies has been justified by its critics who point to much needed cutbacks in higher education. It sounds reasonable to the average U.S. citizen in light of today’s economic situation. After all, don’t Americans feel … Continue reading

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Jose Montoya Memorial Celebration on January 23, 2014

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The Great American Chastity Belt: The Obsession to Control Our Minds

The chastity belt is symbolic of how society controls minorities and the poor; it extends to higher education where the chastity belt controls the memory of students.  It is a metaphor for society’s obsession to control everything from the vagina to … Continue reading

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¡Tierra y Libertad! Articles 27 and 28 of the Mexican Constitution: Does History Matter?

El grito ¡Tierra y Libertad! (Land and liberty), attributed to Emiliano Zapata, was in reality popularized  by Ricardo Flores Magón whose prints are all over Zapata’s Plan de Ayala. Flores Magón wrote an article titled, ”Tierra y libertad”. Otilio Montaño Sánchez, a local school teacher, introduced … Continue reading

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Los Muertos de Hambre: The War on Chicana/o Studies Unmasking the Illusion of Inclusion

Muertos de hambre is a derogatory phrase often used by Mexicans to refer to people who are predators, i.e., human vultures, vendidos. They are so starved for attention or recognition that they pounce on scraps of garbage discarded by their colonial … Continue reading

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MEChA de CSULA Presents The Harvest (11/13/13)

                      MEChA de CSULA invites you to a screening of The Harvest (La Cosecha) on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6pm in the U-SU Theatre. The film will follow with … Continue reading

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El Día de Los Muertos And Halloween Quo Vadis?

Mexicans, more than most races, seem preoccupied with death.  Since colonial times Mexican laborers have continuously been uprooted, travelling thousands of miles from the interior of Mexico forging an El Camino Real to to mining camps and plantations in northern Mexico. … Continue reading

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Identity Crisis: An Arrested Development

The debate as to what to name Chicana/o Studies will have future repercussions. The proposals are not new; they are not innovative; and they are symptomatic of the historical struggle of Mexican origin people in the United States to identify … Continue reading

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The Devil Made Me Do It: American Exceptionalism Revisited

After my blog on American Exceptionalism, I was interviewed by RT News (Russia Talks) — an international multilingual television network funded by the Russian government. Its TV programming appears in more than a hundred nations, and the news coverage is … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Working Class: “When the Moment Comes”

“The consciousness of a worker is not a curve that rises and falls with wages and prices; it is the accumulation of a lifetime of experience and socialization, inherited traditions, struggles successful and defeated . . . It is this … Continue reading

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