Synopses & Reviews
is a social-historical interpretation of two ethnic groups, one Mexican, the other Filipino, whose paths led both groups to San Diego, California. Rudy Guevarra traces the earliest interactions of both groups with Spanish colonialism to illustrate how these historical ties and cultural bonds laid the foundation for what would become close interethnic relationships and communities in twentieth-century San Diego as well as in other locales throughout California and the Pacific West Coast.
Through racially restrictive covenants and other forms of discrimination, both groups, regardless of their differences, were confined to segregated living spaces along with African Americans, other Asian groups, and a few European immigrant clusters. Within these urban multiracial spaces, Mexicans and Filipinos coalesced to build a world of their own through family and kin networks, shared cultural practices, social organizations, and music and other forms of entertainment. They occupied the same living spaces, attended the same Catholic churches, and worked together creating labor cultures that reinforced their ties, often fostering marriages. Mexipino children, living simultaneously in two cultures, have forged a new identity for themselves. and#160;Their lives are the lens through which these two communities are examined, revealing the ways in which Mexicans and Filipinos interacted over generations to produce this distinct and instructive multiethnic experience. Using archival sources, oral histories, newspapers, and personal collections and photographs, Guevarra defines the niche that this particular group carved out for itself.
andquot;Guevarraandrsquo;s fresh, exciting, and provocative analysis provides an extraordinary account of what it means to be a multiethnic Americanandhellip;a remarkable feat!andquot;
andquot;With a love for the archives and family stories, labor historian Rudy Guevarra provides a wonderfully rich, layered history of a vibrant multiethnic community inand#160;southern Califorinia.andquot;
andquot;An original and detailed account of the intimate, complex relationship between Mexicans and Filipinos in San Diego from 1903 to 1965, Becoming Mexipino is comparative ethnic studies at its best.andquot;
andquot;[A] fine book. One of the best histories of the San Diego region and a key title in Filipino American history. It advances the field of Chicana/o studies. Recommended.andquot;
andquot;Rudy Guevarra's personal passion in celebrating and maintaining Mexipino identity into the twenty-first century make Becoming Mexipino
an engaging read.andquot;
andquot;Guevarra, a fourth-generation Mexipino from San Diego, makes major contributions to scholarship on the history of immigration to California and the history of San Diego as he tells the forgotten story of ethnic mixing of thousands of Filipinos and Mexicans.andquot;
andquot;Thoroughly researched and engagingly written, Becoming Mexipino
contributes significantly to our understanding of identity and community formation by those whose color and culture drew them together across ethnic boundaries.andquot;
"A Place to Be is a must-read for everyone interested in religion and transnational communities. The book's innovative focus on lived religion and collective mobilization considerably advances theories of both international migration and religion."
"A cutting edge contribution that focuses on non-traditional placesof settlement, models new methods for analyzing religious geographies, andhighlights the important role of space, place, and time in immigrantincorporation and mobilization."
"This volume makes important contributions to immigration studies as well as to the study of 'lived religion' and its intersection with the livelihoods of Latin American immigrants in Florida."
andquot;Cruz-Manjarrez documents important aspects of indigenous immigrant identity formation in Los Angeles and Yalandaacute;lag, Oaxaca, particularly of immigrant youth, adding to our understanding of urban indigenous incorporation in the United States.andquot;
andquot;This rich ethnography reveals how ethnic identity and community membership are negotiated across borders and generations, including an especially original analysis of public cultural expression through community dance.andquot;
andquot;Zapotecs on the Move offers a valuable account of the complexities of transnationalism through a deep analysis of the experience of Yalaltecos in Oaxaca and Los Angeles.andquot;
Becoming Mexipino is a social-historical interpretation of two ethnic groups, one Mexican, the other Filipino, whose paths led both groups to San Diego, California from 1900 to 1965. Rudy Guevarra traces their earliest interactions under Spanish colonialism, when they did not strongly identify as Mexican or Filipino, to illustrate how these historical ties and cultural bonds laid the foundation for what would become close interethnic relationships and communities in twentieth-century San Diego as well as in other locales throughout California and the Pacific West Coast. Using archival sources, oral histories, newspapers, personal collections and photographs, Guevarra defines the niche that this particular group carved out for itself.
A Place to Be
is the first book to explore migration dynamics and community settlement among Brazilian, Guatemalan, and Mexican immigrants in America's new South. The book adopts a fresh perspective to explore patterns of settlement in Florida, including the outlying areas of Miami and beyond. The stellar contributors from Latin America and the United States address the challenges faced by Latino immigrants, their cultural and religious practices, as well as the strategies used, as they move into areas experiencing recent large-scale immigration.
Contributors to this volume include Patricia Fortuny Loret de Mola, Carol Girón Solórzano, Silvia Irene Palma, Lúcia Ribeiro, Mirian Solfs Lizama, José Claúdio Souza Alves, Timothy J. Steigenga, Manuel A. Vásquez, and Philip J. Williams.
Through interviews with three generations of Yalandaacute;lag Zapotecs (andldquo;Yalandaacute;ltecosandrdquo;) in Los Angeles and Yalandaacute;lag, Oaxaca, this book examines the impact of international migration on this community. It traces five decades of migration to Los Angeles in order to delineate migration patterns, community formation in Los Angeles, and the emergence of transnational identities of the first and second generations of Yalandaacute;lag Zapotecs in the United States, exploring why these immigrants and their descendents now think of themselves as Mexican, Mexican Indian immigrants, Oaxaqueandntilde;os, and Latinosandmdash;identities they did not claim in Mexico.
Based on multi-site fieldwork conducted over a five-year period, Adriana Cruz-Manjarrez analyzes how and why Yalandaacute;lag Zapotec identity and culture have been reconfigured in the United States, using such cultural practices as music, dance, and religious rituals as a lens to bring this dynamic process into focus. By illustrating the sociocultural, economic, and political practices that link immigrants in Los Angeles to those left behind, the book documents how transnational migration has reflected, shaped, and transformed these practices in both their place of origin and immigration.
About the Author
RUDY P. GUEVARRA JR. is an assistant professor of Asian Pacific American Studies at Arizona State University. He is the author of Filipinos in San Diego: Images of America Series, and coeditor of Transnational Crossroads: Remapping the Americas and the Pacific and Crossing Lines: Race and Mixed Race Across the Geohistorical Divide.
Table of Contents
1. The Yalandaacute;lag Zapotecs
2. Building Community and Connections in Los Angeles
3. Community Life across Borders
4. Yalandaacute;lag Zapotec Identities in a Changing World
5. Identities of the Second-Generation Yalandaacute;lag Zapotecs
6. Danzas Chuscas: Performing Status, Violence, and Gender in Oaxacalifornia
7. Community and Culture in Transnational Perspective