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A Handy Guide to What Is and Isn't Cultural Appropriation


What isn’t cultural appropration:

• Trying/eating/making a culture’s food
• Listening to that culture’s music
• Watching that culture’s movies
• Reading that culture’s books
• Appreciating that culture’s art
• Wearing that culture’s clothing IF in a setting…

mummifried asked - "Hi! I was admiring your archive a little bit. Do you have any good resources or archives on pachucas during or around WWII?"


Thank you!
I would recommend reading the woman in the Zoot suit

"What is interesting, is that the Frida Kahlo venerated by American feminists is a very different Frida Kahlo to the one people learn about in Mexico, in the Chicano community. In her country, she is recognized as an important artist and a key figure in revolutionary politics of early 20th century Mexico. Her communist affiliations are made very clear. Her relationship with Trotsky is underscored. All her political activities with Diego Rivera are constantly emphasized. The connection between her art and her politics is always made. When Chicana artists became interested in Frida Kahlo in the ‘70s and started organizing homages, they made the connection between her artistic project and theirs because they too were searching for an aesthetic compliment to a political view that was radical and emancipatory. But when the Euro-American feminists latch onto Frida Kahlo in the early ‘80s and when the American mainstream caught on to her, she was transformed into a figure of suffering. I am very critical of that form of appropriation."

- Coco Fusco on her Amerindians piece from 1992 with Guillermo Gómez-Peña (via tofunkey)


(via fuckyeahchicanopower)

(Source:, via nanacutzi)

Ph. D. Reading List Chicano/a Literature


The following is a fundamental reading list for doctoral candidates to use as a guide in 

preparing for their comprehensive examination in the field of Chicano/a Literature. A 

student is expected to have read widely in the field; to be thoroughly familiar with the major 

writers; and to read widely in the journal literature. The following reading list is suggestive 

rather than definitive, a list for the student and Committee on Studies to begin with. The list 

has five sections: 

• Narrative 

o Novel/Autobiography 

o Short Story 

• Poetry 

• Drama 

• Anthologies 

• Literary Criticism and Bibliographies 

(via corazon-cosmica)


Today’s read: _Dissonant Divas: The Limits of La Onda in Chicana Music_by #debvargas #naccs #naccsbookawardrecipient #chicana/ostudies #latin@studies #SanAntonio peeps, come check out her talk at #UTSA tomorrow!

Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta (born April 10, 1930) is a labor leader and civil rights activist who, along with César Chávez, co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta has received numerous awards for her community service and advocacy for workers’, immigrants’, and womens’ rights, including the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award, the United States Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights[1] and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

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"One is born a Mexican-American, but one chooses to be a Chican@, Politically charged, the Chicano lifestyle has been passed from one generation to another. It has survived wars, prisons, and strife"

- Gaspar Enriquez (via thefastlife)

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—-The Combahee River Collective Statement