Analysis Of Borderlands / La Fronter The New Mestiza Essay
1448 Words Oct 24th, 2016 6 Pages
Gloria, you use the word “mestiza” in the title of your book and define it as a member of a “new hybrid race” and of a “people of mixed Indian and Spanish blood” (5). You also say that Mexican-Americans are mestizos (Anzaldua, 5). Why do you think that referring to Mexican-Americans as people of mixed race is related to the Mexican-American experience regarding living in the borderlands?
Anzaldua: I chose to add “mestiza” to the title of my book because the work is based on my own experiences as a Mexican-American woman living in the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. It’s based on my struggles trying to navigate between two cultures as someone who isn’t fully a part of either of them. Those struggles led me to form my own individual identity by combining Mexican and American influences to create a hybrid cultural identity, much like how the blood of Indians and Spaniards was mixed to create a hybrid racial identity. This similarity…