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Introductions and Introduction to Chicana/o Studies (2013)

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Chalane Lechuga

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Transcript of Introductions and Introduction to Chicana/o Studies (2013)

Our Lived Experiences as a Starting Point

How would you describe your thoughts, experiences or observations about your "race" into one sentence that only has six words?
Introduction to
Chicana/o Studies

What is Race?
"Race is a biological myth"
"America created a story of race"
Race assigns meaning to how you look
Race is created to justify unequal treatment based on skin color and nation origin
Race is constructed by society to further certain economic and political goals
Though Race is not biologically real, it is real in it's consequences. We think it's real and act as if it's real.
Race is analytically distinct from Ethnicity.

Ethnicity is defined as the cultural traditions, beliefs, values, and practices of a given group (Omi and Winant 1994).

Ethnicity can include:
Name (surnames, nicknames)
"Race" and "Ethnicity" in Six Words
Revealing our Social Location: Where are you from?
On an index card answer the following questions:
Full Name
Name you preferred to be called
Date of Birth
Email Address
Chalane E. Lechuga, PhD
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Think about the words "race" and "ethnicity."
Why did you select these six words?
What do they mean to you?
What do they represent for you?
How do these two sets of six words reflect where and how you grew up?
How do they reflect your racial and ethnic identity?
What were some of the messages you were told by others about who you are? Positive and Negative?
In groups of 2 or 3, share your card on "race" and "ethnicity":
Share with the class some of our your small group discussion.
We make and remake race at all levels of society:
Macro: Federal US Census
Meso: School curriculum
Artwork by: Maya Gonzales
Photo Credit: Unknown
Artwork by: Luis Jiménez
Artwork by: Veronica Herrera
Photo Credit: Courtesy of ilynenash.blogspot.com
Micro: Our daily interactions/our racial identities
Expected date of graduation from MSU
Where were you born?
Name of City and State you consider home (this may not be the same place as where you were born)
In what year did you graduate from high school?
Name of the high school you graduated
How would you describe your thoughts, experiences or observations about your "ethnicity" into one sentence that only has six words?
“Chicana/o” generally refers to Mexican-Origin (zero to four-plus generation) individuals who ascribe to a consciously assumed identity that implies a political consciousness, resistance to complete assimilation into American (United States) culture, and a commitment to reclaiming the lost mestizo, mixed, heritage. This definition was influenced by the work of Jacqueline M. Martinez (2000) (Lechuga, 2003).
"Chicana" indicates an intentional effort to recognize the gendered nature of Chicana/os, specifically acknowledging women.
Chicano/as are both:

Racial Group (though not biologically distinct, socially distinct)--"Hispanic, Latino/a"

Ethnic Group (distinct culture, traditions, customs, language, etc.)
No uniform agreement in definition of "Chicana/o".

Will learn many different perspectives this semester.
Artwork by Maya Gonzalez
Chicana/o Studies (El Plan de Santa Barbara, 1969)
Provide an emerging holistic portrait of the community's experience reflecting past and present.
Teach Chicana/o culture and history
Study/academic examination of Chicana/o culture --language, education, literature, aesthetics and creative arts, philosophy, folklore, and ideology
Interrogate the conditions of historical, social, culture, psychological, political and economic socialization, development and existence.
Producing a body of critical and empirical knowledge
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