Latino Americans – a new PBS series | San Jose, CA | Tech Museum | Sept 9th, 2013

LATINO AMERICANS is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S. The changing and yet repeating context of American history provides a backdrop for the drama of individual lives. It is a story of immigration and redemption, of anguish and celebration, of the gradual construction of a new American identity that connects and empowers millions of people today.

Followed by Q & A with a special guest to be announced

Monday, Sept 9, 6:00 p.m.
The Tech Museum of Innovation
New Venture

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Intersections as American Life: Smithsonian Asian-Latino Festival 2013

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To celebrate the cultural intersections of Asian and Latino cultures, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Latino Center have collaborated to bring you public talks, pop-up museums, and digital exhibitions.

Community Village‘s insight:

Special thanks to Thomas Lopez of Latinas and Latinos of Mixed Ancestry (LOMA)!

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Wetback, Mulatto, whatever….

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So again yesterday, at zero-dark-thirty, I’m running around. Oops, forgot it was Easter weekend and I have a bazillion things to do. CNN is on and I vaguely hear something about a “Representative” (Don Young (R) – Alaska, to be exact) calling Latinos “wetbacks”. Work, laundry, grocery store, wait a minute. Wetbacks? Really? An elected official no less? From the party that just got its butt beat, because of their insensitivity? Really? This morning, a little more clear-headed, I search for “Congressman, wetbacks” and read the whole sordid little story.

A term that was originally used to describe Mexicans that came across the border into Texas via the Rio Grande River it made me think about a term that I absolutely hate…..mulatto. The first time I was called one, I was in junior high school and someone called me a mulatto with such affection, I thought, that’s cute….tomayto, tomato, potayto, potato, mulatto. But as I grew older, and saw the disdain that people would pronounce the word….moooolattoe…..like it was an exotic, too bitter coffee from Marrakesh…I began to not like the word.
I am tired of the labels that people have to put on others to make themselves feel better. I am saddened that our elected officials continue to make choices that are divisive, especially when talking about those who are from other places, backgrounds or ideologies. Hopefully, somewhere in our future , people will realize that we are all human, and not the derogatory labels they choose to put on us. Peace, bb.

Dreamer — A True American Story by Jesse Salmeron

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Glenn Robinson‘s insight:

Tickets here for March 2013

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Harvest of Empire – Home

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The Untold Story of Latinos in America

“We are all Americans of the New World, and our most dangerous enemies
are not each other, but the great wall of ignorance between us.”

Juan González, Harvest of Empire

Glenn Robinson‘s insight:

A video about the love hate relationship that the U.S. has with Latin America.

See on www.harvestofempiremovie.com

Mixed Mexican: Is Latino a Race? | Thomas Lopez

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So when I was talking to a friend about the problems with the Latino question on the Census (highlighted in my other film) he suggested that some people think Latino should be considered a race and included in the race question. This got me thinking as to what that could mean. This is my exploration of that subject. Anyway, I hope you like it.

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Mixed Mexican | Thomas Lopez

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This pseudo memoir was inspired by frustration with the Census method of documenting mixed Latinos. The purpose is to show the need for changing the Census and suggests what those changes should be. This film was shown at the 2010 Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival and the 2010 Ready Made Film Festival. Most recently it was shown in Vancouver, BC, Canada, as part of the Hapapalooza festival. So it has gone international, eh!

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Latino and Latina Identity | Thomas Lopez on Mixed Race Radio

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“Thomas Lopez has held various positions with Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC), Los Angeles, CA since 1995 and continues to organize numerous conferences, workshops and events such as Race In Medicine: A Dangerous Prescription and Rx For the FDA Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, DePaul University, 2010.

 

Thomas is also a filmmaker, having produced, “Mixed Mexican” which was shown at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival (2010), Readymade Film Festival (2010), and Hapapalooza Film Festival (2011)

 

On today’s episode of Mixed Race Radio, Thomas will announce the start of a new program by Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC) called: Latinas and Latinos of Mixed Ancestry (LOMA).

 

The purpose of the LOMA project is to:

Provide space for expression of mixed Latina/o identity.
Provide culturally relevant material to the mixed Latino community.
Raise awareness of this community to society at large.
This will be accomplished by:

The establishment of a website with blog and forum discussions.
Social media campaign.
Attendance at conferences.
A public relations awareness campaign.

MASC seeks to broaden self and public understanding of our interracial, multiethnic, and cross cultural society by facilitating interethnic dialogue and providing cultural, educational, and recreational activities. In 2009 MASC celebrated twenty years of incorporation.

 

As a part of our mission, MASC has always worked to raise awareness of the impact of multiracial identification. During the 1990’s, we successfully worked to revise the Census to allow multiple racial classifications.”

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growing up Latino | Abagond

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“The following is based mainly on Dr Beverly Tatum’s excellent book, “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” (1997). She talks only about Spanish-speaking Latinos who grow up in America (the U.S.):

Being Latino is not a matter of nation or race. It is a matter of culture, of belonging to a Latin American culture. After all, you can be black or white or Indian or mixed and still be Latino. You can be Mexican or Cuban or American and still be Latino.

Three stages that Latinos (and other people of colour) go through growing up in America:

1. unexamined ethnic identity – your ethnic identity is not a big deal, you barely think about it.
2. ethnic identity search – it becomes a big deal, mainly because of experiences at school. You come to terms with what it means for you to be a member of your ethnic group. This can take years.
3. achieved ethnic identity – you have a clear, positive sense of your ethnic identity.”

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HB 2281: Arizona’s law to ban ethnic studies | Abagond

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HB 2281 (2010- ), also known as A.R.S. §15–112, is a law in the American state of Arizona that bans ethnic studies

“Extremely important fact: Half of Latinos drop out of high school.

Closing the achievement gap: John Pedicone, the head of the Tucson school district, said that Latino students in MAS scored higher on state tests, were twice as likely to graduate high school and three times more likely to go to university.

MAS teaches history through a Chicano lens. Instead of going back to the Greeks like Eurocentric history, it goes back to the Mayans. Chicanos (Mexican Americans) did not come from England on the Mayflower: their roots in North America and even in Arizona go back thousands of years. White American rule is just the latest chapter, not The Natural Order of the Universe.”

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