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¿What is the roll that Chicanos play in education?

Chicanos The Mexican-Americans have developed a language of the border  that is not Spanish or  English but a mixture of them, it means Chicano is an hybrid language. This Language is important because it is a bridge between cultures; it provides to the students a tool to express their thoughts and to define the cultural identity.

A big number of Mexican Americans have been discrimination victims. From the first interaction between Mexico and the United States , the Mexican has been seen like politically, culturally, economically, religiously and intellectually inferior person for the American perspective.

Today, the Mexican Americans are the ethnic group with less probability of finishing the secondary school or attending the university. The national percentage of Mexican American students who do not finish the secondary school is about 50 % percent, and in some urban areas, like parts of Los Angeles, the percentage is more than the 70%.

Some theoreticians say that this happen because Mexican-Americans who were born in Mexico have more cultural and linguistic differences; consequently ,they have  less opportunities than those who were born in the United States.

As the linguist Gloria Anzaldúa says in her book, “ethnic identity is twin skin to linguistic identity – I am my language”. In the education, the language gives access to the students for experimenting with different cultures, experiences and values. In the United States, the waves of immigrants have constructed a very linguistically diverse country. So that the linguistic varieties are especially important in the education, because it the way in which the language needs of certain communities that are listened to and recognized, as it happens in the Chicano community.

Thus, the language is one of the main factors that influences to the educative opportunities that chicanos have.

Carlos Monsiváis-Chronicle writer.

Posted: 25 June, 2010 by nancyguzmano in Literature

04 th  may, 1938 –  19 th june, 2010

Carlos Monsiváis, chronicle and essay writer of several columns in main newspapers of recent history, activist and ironic critic of the Mexican government. He died last Saturday at the age of 72 years old.

Monsiváis was born the 4th May of 1938, better known by his lots published  books and newspaper articles; all his career was focused on  making and persuade other people about the most important events happened related to social movements in México, the social chronicle of the historical changes, tendencies, the popular culture and Mexican Literature.

He was also an activist of numerous causes of “the left201″. Like   Poniatowska, Monsiváis was affected deeply by the massacre of students in 1968 in a place of the district of Tlatelolco in the City of Mexico, and its book ” The processes of México’ ‘ (1970) it narrates the judicial cases against 68 students arrested after the bloody incident. Later it published ” Amor perdido’ ‘ (1977), ” los rituales del caos’ ‘ (1995) and ” Aires de familia’ ‘ (2000), between many other works. In the test ” New catechism for Indians remisos’ ‘ (1982),

He was characterized by his journalistic independence which took to him to exert by more than five decades of social, political and cultural critic that was remarkable by its sense of humor and the unique and intransferable irony and by an extremely inventive use – in many times excessively of the language. –

Monsiváis criticized what saw like the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church. He was a prolific journalist whom the Universal one wrote for prominent Mexican newspapers, Excélsior and the Day, as well as for the magazine Process, between many other. Monsiváis made observations about the American influence on the Mexican culture, for example, the infiltration of words in English like ” jogging’ ‘ or “cash’ ‘ , but also on devices, social mobility and an accelerated style of life more than the people of the border experimented across.

Throughout its full career as journalist, the writer was awarded with the National Prize of Journalism in 1977, the Prize Jorge Hill in 1986, the Mazatlán Prize in 1989 and the Prize Xavier Villaurrutia in 1996. He continued being recognized in his last years, and in the 2006 he got the Prize FIL of Guadalajara (before Prize of Latin American Literature and the Caribbean Juan Rulfo), equipped with 100,000 dollars.

His books show a big quantity of critics about social movements related to the Mexican culture. The most relevant of them are:

  • • A través del espejo: El cine mexicano y su público, El Milagro
  • • A ustedes les consta, Era
  • • Aire de familia, inba / conaculta
  • Amor perdido, Era
  • Belleza y poesía en el arte popular mexicano, Circuito Artistico Regional
  • Casimiro Castro y su taller, Instituto Mexiquense de Cultura
  • Días de guardar, Era
  • Entrada Libre. Crónicas de la sociedad que se organiza, Era
  • Escenas de pudor y liviandad, Grijalbo
  • Frida Kahlo: una vida, una obra, conaculta / Era
  • Lo fugitivo permanece, Cal y arena
  • El genero epistolar. Un homenaje a manera de carta abierta, Porrua
  • Nuevo catecismo para indios remisos, Era
  • Por Mi Madre Bohemios 1, La Jornada Ediciones
  • Raices en el tiempo o Manuel Blanco en la mira, Planeta
  • Los rituales del caos, Era

FIP 2010

Posted: 30 May, 2010 by nancyguzmano in Eckhoes

I was talking with a friend about the impact that the culture has in our country and the way in which we interact in a global social environment. We concluded that the best way to be involved in other countries culture is  interacting with these in a real context. That is just the relationship between the social and cultural aspects that the FIP 2010 offers to us.

Between the events that the “Festival Internacional de Puebla 2010” offers to us this  year,  we enjoyed the magic of the theater, music, and the visual art through the circus. In the vestibule of the  Church of San Francisco Circus Project presented  the show  Varieté de Circo” with artists from Spain, Argentine and Uruguay that displayed a wonderful sample of Circus in which the magic is perceived as real art expressed through the human body.

During the show a romantic story took place. It was the story of a gentleman – gallant, educated, respectful and conquering- who courted a young lady who he tried to conquer in the subtle but romantic and surprising way that nobody imagines.

The artists developed exercises on lifted cords, swings, acrobatics, exercises of force and physical ability, as well as funny moments in which through mímics they drove our imagination. The show was accompanied by classic music and sound effects that took us to imagine the circus of XVIII century.

Within the framework of the “Festival Internacional de Puebla 2010” the dance has a very important participation. The Company of Contemporary Dance of the Complejo Cultural Universitario (Puebla. Mexico) appeared in the University Theater of the Complejo Cultural Universitario showing us how to express the feelings of the life trough the body language.

The performance was developed in three phases having as the main topic the perspective of the human being towards the death. Seeing the death from the white and pure side in which it is considered also like the fresh scent of the nature, showing us that the death must be seen from a positive point of view and like something full of light and colorful. The main point here is based on conceptualizing the death as the children laugh while they play in the field, so what the man enjoys the nature and the song of the birds. That is the vision which this work teaches to us that the death is another facet more in the walking by the life.

The contemporary dance is a style of dance derived directly from the classic ballet then many of the movements that this executes are based on him. The contemporary dance mixtures within its practice an important fusion of elements like the passion, emotion and feeling that make of this type of dance a good reflection of the human condition. Thus the contemporary or modern dance is a created style to express the feelings. As well as the feelings change, the contemporary dancers must change constantly too.

Exposición del Taller de Fotografía de la BUAP .

Posted: 15 May, 2010 by nancyguzmano in Eckhoes

In the middle of century XIX it appeared an artistic tendency called the naturalism focused on the objectivity, imitation of  the reality and the nature in a high degreeof perfection, and evading the subjectivity. Thus, a true importance in the considered art opened  the door to the photography as well as the almost perfect imitation of the reality.

Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla Vicerrectoría de Extensión y Difusión de la Cultura and Dirección General de Difusión Cultural  INVITE YOU to the Artistic Factories Spring 2010.

Presenting the Exhibition of the  Photography’s factory BUAP

  • Date : 22th April  to  21th May,2010
  • Place: 2 norte 1404, Centro.
  • Free cost $ 0.00.

Post Mother’s Day

Posted: 11 May, 2010 by nancyguzmano in Eckhoes
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