Chicanas In America Summary

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Chicanas in America faces difficulties when seeking their identity. Although Chicanas/o find it difficult to balance two cultures, they feel isolated doing so. The author acknowledges the power of what art and literature obtains when carrying out their goal or message. Chicanas uses these tools to aware the public about issues they face and how hard it is to be a Chicana in two distinct cultures. Many Chicana struggles with their identity and they communicate through art and literature. Individuals in the Chicano/a community face isolation when dealing with Mexican and dominant culture. In my interpretation of what the dominant culture is it’s the American culture. Both cultures have different believe system and it is hard for the Chicana …show more content…
For instance, in the dominant culture are acceptable to homosexual whereas with the Mexican culture it is frowned upon and usually comes with consequences. The consequences vary from disowning to neglect. There have been many cases where the Mexican family kicks out their gay children because they cannot fathom the thought of same sex relationships. Mexican culture can be close minded when it comes to women rights and homosexuality. The dominant culture may not understand the struggle of a Chicana/o which discriminate against them therefor it disfigures their identity. The dominant culture pressures Chicana’s to express themselves but do not understand the repercussion of those actions in her culture. Mexican culture is frowned upon by the dominant culture because of the machismo philosophy. Chicana’s needs to adjust their lifestyle to meet both cultures expectations or stay …show more content…
“By virtue of their biculturalism, their bilingualism, and their identification, with an ethnic background that separates them from the dominant culture, Chicana see their own being as inadequately represented by a single facet of reality” ([author]75). The color of our skin distinguishes us from the dominant culture. Chicanas faces criticism from both culture, from the color of their skin and their names. The meaning behind their names means two different things in both culture. There is a huge amount of meaning and language difference in both culture that disfigure the identity of Chicanas. As Chicana knowledge expands and their social class improve the Mexican culture are not going to be an influence to the Chicana

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