College Of Arts and Sciences | Latinos and Other Immigrants
E104 | 0116 | Chapa, J.


The fundamental question this course will address is, “How can one
know if members of a group are treated as the “other?”   The
instructor believes that the preponderance of evidence supports the
argument that Latinos have been and continue to be different than
European immigrants to the U.S.  The proposed course would lead the
students to reflect on this question and the instructor’s conclusion
by considering two main areas of inquiry each taking about half of
the semester.

The first area of inquiry will compare key historical events such as
the following in contrast to the general experience of European
immigrants to the U.S.: 1) the incorporation of a Mexican population
by the annexation of the American Southwest; 2) the legal, economic
and political subordination of this population; 3) the resistance to
this subordination in action (social banditry) and culture (language
and music); and, 4) the mass repatriation drives of the 1930s.

The main argument of second half of the course is that this
historical legacy has three enduring consequences.  One is that a
large group of multi-generational Mexican Americans who have not
assimilated like the typical and Mexican Americans in the U.S.  This
contention will be supported by reference to analyses of Census data
and the results of attitudinal surveys.  The second consequence of
this legacy is an immigration policy and media image that treats
Mexican immigrants in uniquely disadvantaged manner.  The third
consequence is a tension in the perceptions of relations between
Mexican immigrants, other Latino immigrants and U.S.-born Latinos.