Viva Tirado
Jul16

Viva Tirado

Can an African American bandleader’s Mexicanized composition be considered Chicano music? Gerald Wilson is an African American jazz big band trumpeter, soloist, arranger, conductor, and composer whose musical legacy is heavily influenced by Latin music and Mexican culture. Wilson wrote, arranged, recorded, and performed Latin-tinged tunes and bona fide Latin jazz originals, including a couple of clave-driven gems. In particular, he is...

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Expressive Culture
Jul14

Expressive Culture

Examining Latina/o expressive culture allows us to assess the role of popular culture in Latino life, and the impact of Latinos on the development of not only American society, but also U.S., borderlands, and transnational popular culture. By unpacking this keyword we can explore the relationship between cultural production, circulation, and reception; between the culture industries’ means of production and the community’s diverse...

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Preachers Call For Compassion In Dealing With Immigrant Surge

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Relics Of The Patron Saint Of Immigrants Take A Pilgrimage
Jul14

Relics Of The Patron Saint Of Immigrants Take A Pilgrimage

This month, relics of Saint Toribio Romo will be on display at several Catholic churches in Southern California. A small portion of an ankle bone belonging to Saint Toribio Romo — the patron saint of immigrants — sits in a glass enclosure about the size of a big watch face. That enclosure sits right in the chest of a 4-foot-tall painted wooden statue of Romo. Usually, that statue resides in Mexico, in Romo’s hometown of Santa...

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