ANZALDUA BORDERLANDS THE HOMELAND PDF

She begins by defining the Southwestern U. From there, she recounts how that land area was passed down through multicultural generations by means of invasion, conquest, war, and ideological struggle. Based on my limited experience with this region — through reading, hearsay, news, and travel — I can largely agree with this premise. The current debate over immigration, though far from new, seems more violent than ever; as the arguments progress, they are revealed more and more to be based on simple racism and irrational fear.

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She begins by defining the Southwestern U. From there, she recounts how that land area was passed down through multicultural generations by means of invasion, conquest, war, and ideological struggle.

Based on my limited experience with this region — through reading, hearsay, news, and travel — I can largely agree with this premise.

The current debate over immigration, though far from new, seems more violent than ever; as the arguments progress, they are revealed more and more to be based on simple racism and irrational fear.

However, I do think that Anzaldua should be careful with some of her generalizations. Many, of course, do; but there are also many white people who are sympathetic to the plight of those living in the Borderlands.

I think that she could have articulated her point better by emphasizing that this is how Chicanos feel, as she does in other sections. Another aspect of her rhetoric is also, in my opinion, actually problematic.

On page 27, the author elaborates on the gender symbolism of the Aztecs, describing their reverent connection to certain animals and phenomena of the natural world, as well as the ways these represent conflict and oppression.

This is a perfectly legitimate connection, and one that is mostly helpful in supporting her historical claims for misogyny. Even as she laments the pigeonholing of her culture, her argument fails to separate itself from the problem. At large, though, I am very appreciative of her restatement of many historical events from the Mexican perspective. All of these statements can relate to one another in that they reflect the utter fragmentation that has resulted from the imperialistic drive that continues today.

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ANZALDUA BORDERLANDS THE HOMELAND PDF

In the first chapter, The Homeland, Aztlan, she describes how since the conquering of Mexico by Cortez, Anglo-Americans have slowly seized their land. The mestizo population was forced further down Mexico through fear of lynchings and the poverty faced. Many had no alternative but to become sharecroppers and could not afford to pay back their debts. Anzaldua claims that if the mestizos were forced off their land then the Anglo-Americans unjustifiably acquired it.

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Chapter 5 The next chapter deals with the languages used by the author and the identities that they hold. She knows that someday her people will be a real ethnicity with real culture like it has been in the past. In the next chapter, the author discusses how she created stories in her head and how she releases herself through her writing. Starts talking about modern Western cultures and borderlanss they behave differently towards work of art from tribal cultures. Rebellious actions are a means to disband certain ideologies and show people that some cultural traditions betray their people. This is feature allows you to search the site. While you read Borderlandsunless you are multi-lingual, you will find some frustration.

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Southwest at the hands of their Anglo oppressors. Stop Using Plagiarized Content. These statutes include the recently invalidated Proposition 8 here in California as well as the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, which would have forbidden gay couples from enjoying the same marriage benefits as heterosexual spouses, current state laws or constitutional amendments in 35 states that define marriage as being exclusively between a man and a woman, and current anti-sodomy laws aimed squarely at gay couples in 13 states that remain on the books despite such laws being outlawed by the US Supreme Court 10 years ago. Such anti-gay legislation is similar in prejudicial and persecutory scope as recent anti-immigration legislation enacted in Arizona and Alabama that seeks to intrude on the civil rights of Latin Americans in those states, who face imprisonment and deportation for non-compliance.

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During this time period, immigration towards the US from Mexico was increasing. During the s Gloria started writing, teaching, and traveling to workshops on Chicanas. Este el efuerzo de todos nuestros hermanos y latinoamericanos que han sabido progressar. This is the work of all our brothers and Latin Americans who have known how to progress. Within this first chapter, Anzaldua begins her book by arguing against the Anglos notion that the land belongs to the descendants of European families. The first recorded evidence of "humankind in the U. Because of the fiction of "White Superiority" [10] the only legitimate inhabitants are those in power, the whites and those who align themselves with whites.

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