Cultural Clashes: Hispanic Immigration & Assimilation (Spring 2016)

Description: This discussion centers on the cultural challenges faced by Latinos in the Central Valley. Historical challenges between immigrant populations, with status quo community identity, and current issues will be examined.

Lecture/Discussion: Alex Saragoza, Professor of History, Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley.  Ma Vang, UC Presidents Postdoctoral Fellow, Assistant Professor, UC Merced.

Foundational Texts/Resources:  Hans P. Johnson and Joseph Hayes, The Central Valley at the Crossroads (Public Policy Institute, 2004); Edward E. Telles and Vilma Ortiz. Generations of Exclusion: Mexican Americans, Assimilation, and Race (Sage, 2009); William V. Flores (ed). Latino Cultural Citizenship: Claiming Identity, Space, and Rights (Beacon, 1998); Film: Rape in the Fields (PBS, 2014); Luis Valdez. Zoot Suit and Other Plays (Arte public, 1992); Wallace Smith. Garden of the Sun: A History of the San Joaquin Valley, 1772-1939 (Craven, 2004).

Key QuestionsHow do long-standing hostilities between ethno-cultural groups impact community identity? How do “subaltern” groups become central voices in a community?

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