Migrant Daughter Coming of Age as a Mexican American Woman

ISBN-10: 0520219155

ISBN-13: 9780520219151

Edition: 2000

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Description: Taking us from the open spaces of rural New Mexico and the fields of California's Great Central Valley to the intellectual milieu of student life in Berkeley during the 1950s, this memoir, based on an oral history by Mario T. Garciacute;a, is the powerful and movingtestimonioof a young Mexican American woman's struggle to rise out of poverty.Migrant Daughteris the coming-of-age story of Frances Esquibel Tywoniak, who was born in Spanish-speaking New Mexico, moved with her family to California during the Depression to attend school and work as a farm laborer, and subsequently won a university scholarship, becoming one of the few Mexican Americans to attend the University of California, Berkeley, at that time. Giving a personal perspective on the conflicts of living in and between cultures, this eloquent story provides a rare glimpse into the life of a young Mexican American woman who achieved her dreams of obtaining a university education. In addition to the many fascinating details of everyday life the narrative provides, Mario T. Garciacute;a's introduction contextualizes the place and importance of Tywoniak's life. Both introduction and narrative illustrate the process by which Tywoniak negotiated her relation to ethnic identity and cultural allegiances, the ways in which she came to find education as a channel for breaking with fieldwork patterns of life, and the effect of migration on family and culture. This deeply personal memoir portrays a courageous Mexican American woman moving between many cultural worlds, a life story that at times parallels, and at times diverges from, the real life experiences of thousands of other, unnamed women.

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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/17/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 270
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

James Smethurst is associate professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.Mario T. Garcia is professor of Chicana/o studies and adjunct professor in history and religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
My Roots in New Mexico
Moving on to a New Life in California
Migrant Souls
Discovering the Limits of the Barrio in Junior High
Joining the High School Track to Success
Scholarship Girl
Off to College
Settling into the Berkeley Ambiance
New Vistas and New Connections
Postscript
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