Becoming Mexipino Multiethnic Identities and Communities in San Diego

ISBN-10: 0813552842
ISBN-13: 9780813552842
Edition: 2012
Authors: Rudy P. Guevarra
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Description: Becoming Mexipinois a social-historical interpretation of two ethnic groups, one Mexican, the other Filipino, whose paths led both groups to San Diego, California. Rudy Guevarra traces the earliest interactions of both groups with Spanish  More...

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 5/9/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Becoming Mexipinois a social-historical interpretation of two ethnic groups, one Mexican, the other Filipino, whose paths led both groups to San Diego, California. Rudy Guevarra traces the earliest interactions of both groups with Spanish colonialism to illustrate how these historical ties and cultural bonds laid the foundation for what would become close interethnic relationships and communities in twentieth-century San Diego as well as in other locales throughout California and the Pacific West Coast.Through racially restrictive covenants and other forms of discrimination, both groups, regardless of their differences, were confined to segregated living spaces along with African Americans, other Asian groups, and a few European immigrant clusters. Within these urban multiracial spaces, Mexicans and Filipinos coalesced to build a world of their own through family and kin networks, shared cultural practices, social organizations, and music and other forms of entertainment. They occupied the same living spaces, attended the same Catholic churches, and worked together creating labor cultures that reinforced their ties, often fostering marriages. Mexipino children, living simultaneously in two cultures, have forged a new identity for themselves.  Their lives are the lens through which these two communities are examined, revealing the ways in which Mexicans and Filipinos interacted over generations to produce this distinct and instructive multiethnic experience. Using archival sources, oral histories, newspapers, and personal collections and photographs, Guevarra defines the niche that this particular group carved out for itself.

Camilla Fojas is Vincent de Paul Professor and the director of Latin American and Latino studies at DePaul University. She is the author ofBorder Bandits: Hollywood on the Southern Frontierand coeditor ofMixed-Race Hollywood. Rudy P. Guevarra Jr. is an assistant professor of Asian Pacific American studies at Arizona State University. He is author ofBecoming Mexipino: Multiethnic Identities and Communities in San Diegoand coeditor ofCrossing Lines: Race and Mixed Race across the Geohistorical Divide.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Immigration to a Rising Metropolis
The Devil Comes to San Diego: Race and Spatial Politics
Survival and Belonging: Civil Rights, Social Organizations, and Youth Cultures
Race and Labor Activism in San Diego
Filipino-Mexican Couples and the Forging of a Mexipino Identity
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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