CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1990
If thinking persons sometimes wonder why certain issues cause an "us against you" mentality (meaning the Anglo against the American of Mexican descent), then the Olvera Street issue is the perfect example. First of all, Olvera Street is the only tourist attraction in Los Angeles that is a symbol of the pride of Mexican culture. Although to call Olvera Street a "street" is truly a misnomer, because it is actually an alley. That's it folks, a scant alleyway is what we are discussing here.
April 16, 2000
Re "An Incident at Big Bear," April 9: Al Martinez has missed the mark on this one. This incident was not about racism, it was about common courtesy. As a frequent restaurant patron, there is nothing more disturbing than a screaming, out-of-control kid when my wife and I are eating our meal. A meal, I might add, that we have to pay for. The fact that Rafael Gonzalez and Victoria Ballesteros are young, college-educated professionals has no relevance whatsoever, other than the fact that they fit a profile of parents who do not know how to discipline their children and they feel the world is their child's playground, no matter whom they disturb or offend.
January 29, 1995
Margaret Garcia De La Paz is a respected artist in the Chicano community of Los Angeles and beyond. I am privileged to have personal knowledge of her talent, her integrity and her passion for detail because she created " Dos Mujeres ," a vivid painting which became the cover of my first novel, and which I proudly own. What is so controversial about her plans to depict Native American as well as Mexican culture in the design for the Universal City...
November 3, 1991 |
The dead came calling at Cal State Dominguez Hills last week. A trail of flower petals guided the soul of Ramona Trujillo to the office of Prof. Miguel Dominguez, where she was serenaded by phantom mariachis and offered tamales, black beans and other favorite foods that adorned a colorful altar. No, it was not a scene from a horror flick, or even a Halloween fright house.
March 12, 2005 |
Most of us are "Something American," but many of us aren't really aware of what the "Something" is. I am Mexican American. My "equation" looks like this: Mexican-born parents raised mostly in the U.S. + my being born in the U.S. = Mexican American. All of my life, I have spoken Spanish (although English was my first language), eaten Mexican food, listened to Spanish-language music and watched Spanish-language TV, including "novellas." So I should feel fairly "Mexican," right?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1994 |
Giselle Partida, 14, enjoys sharing aspects of her Mexican heritage with other people, and she loves to learn about cultures different from her own. Recently, she had a chance to do both. A violinist in a mariachi band, Giselle played Mexican music for an audience at Oxnard's Lemonwood School. And after she was finished, she watched a group of Filipino dancers perform. "A lot of people don't know about each other's culture," Giselle said.
January 25, 2009 |
Mexican American Mojo Popular Music, Dance, and Urban Culture in Los Angeles, 1935-1968 Anthony Macias Duke University Press: 408 pp., $24.95 The World of Lucha Libre Secrets, Revelations and Mexican National Identity Heather Levi Duke University Press: 288 pp., $22.95 paper -- Seeing non-Mexicans partake in my mother culture makes me alternately smile and wince.