ERIC Number: ED174526
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Mexico in the Study of Mexican Americans: An Analysis of Transnational Linkages.
Cortes, Carlos E.
Interrelationships between Mexican Americans living in the United States and natives living in Mexico are explored in this paper. It is intended as a resource to help teachers understand the complex processes and factors which contribute to the identity of Mexican Americans. One obvious relationship, or linkage, arises from the shared political boundary between the two countries. Immediate proximity has promoted easy physical migration and cultural and commercial interchange across the border. There is an historical linkage, exemplified by the Texas annexation of 1845, in which northern Mexico became the southwestern United States. Direct linkages exist in the form of immigration and widespread use of Spanish among Mexican-descent people in the United States. Indirect linkages arise from the Mexican American emphasis on maintaining family traditions and living near the extended family. Other indirect linkages are fostered through Mexican-American organizations and media such as television programs and newspapers which serve the Chicano community. Although linkages must be viewed as constantly changing as time, location, and population characteristics change, it can be useful to study and understand them. For example, the American educational system needs to understand more clearly the factors comprising the background, identity, and problems of Mexican Americans. Study of transnational linkages can help to promote greater intergroup awareness. (AV)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Cultural Background, Cultural Images, Cultural Interrelationships, Educational Problems, Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Stereotypes, Ethnic Studies, Immigrants, Mexican Americans, Mexicans, Minority Group Influences, Minority Groups, Secondary Education, Social Change, Social History, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York Friends Group, Inc., New York. Center for War/Peace Studies.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Denver Univ., CO. Center for Teaching International Relations.