Zoot Suiter (español)
Feb07

Zoot Suiter (español)

Si la pachuca está ausente en ésta y otras imágenes icónicas mexicano-americanas de los años cuarenta… la construcción del contexto masculino mexicoamericano de los motines de los pachucos es inequívocamente heterosexual. Sin embargo, el estilo de moda de los pachucos, el que se empeña en adornar y llamar la atención al cuerpo masculino racializado, convirtiéndolo en un objeto de deseo, problematiza el impulso normalizador que...

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Zoot Suiter
Feb07

Zoot Suiter

If the pachuca is absent from this and other iconic images of 1940s Mexican Americans… the male Mexican American constructed context of the Zoot Suit Riots is unmistakably heterosexual. And yet the fashion system of the pachucos, one that insists on adorning and drawing attention to the racialized male body, indeed making it an object of desire, problematizes the normalizing impulse that underlies such a construction. Robert...

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La Bamba

This entry briefly traces several trajectories of “La Bamba,” the traditional Mexican wedding song from the Veracruz region, in the son jarocho style, which blends Spanish, indigenous, and African musical elements. Anthony Macias UC Riverside This entry briefly traces several trajectories of “La Bamba,” the traditional Mexican wedding song from the Veracruz region, in the son jarocho style, which blends Spanish, indigenous, and...

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Belinda Carlisle Makes Out with Alice Bag!
Nov13

Belinda Carlisle Makes Out with Alice Bag!

Bag, born Alicia Armendariz, grew up in East Los Angeles, in a Spanish-Speaking, Mexican family. Her memoir, Violence Girl (Feral House, 2011), tells the story of her journey from a home filled with domestic violence and ranchera music to the cathartic, performative violence of the punk rock scene of late-1970s Los Angeles…. Marissa LópezUCLA “Alice Bag was another major force of feminine creativity and vision who also sang...

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