Analysis Of Borderlands / La Fronter The New Mestiza Essay

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Interviewer: Today, I am interviewing Gloria Anzaldua on her book, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Gloria’s book is inspired by her memories of living on the U.S.-Mexico border as a Mexican-American. The book combines Gloria’s own writing along with works from other creative minds to express her ideas on the U.S.-Mexico border and how that border affects the lives of Mexican-Americans. I will specifically question her on the ways she thinks the border shapes the cultural development of the people living around it. Let’s begin.
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…

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