CHI_final[1] - Andrew Wehba Chicano: One of the definitions...

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Andrew Wehba Chicano: One of the definitions given in class was that a Chicano is “a Mexican-American with a non Anglo image of himself.” However, after taking this class I feel that the more fitting definition would be a person with a “commitment to social justice and social change.” Before taking Chicano studies I always believed a person who called themselves Chicano was born in this country but had Mexican parents. Whenever I was asked by others if I was Chicana, the answer was always “no” because my parents are from El Salvador, not Mexico. After studying the numerous revolutionists and people who fought for the cause throughout their lives, it became apparent that one does not need to be Mexican to be Chicano. We all want to be treated like everyone else in this country. To me, this term bring all the Latin American countries together as a whole because we are all fighting for the same cause as Chicanos in the United States. Aztlán: This is the name of the ancestral lands from which the Nahua people came. These were the indigenous lands that were taken by the Spaniards. Now, Aztlan is used as a symbol to represent the land stolen from all Chicanos. There have been protests and petitions to take back the land once known as Aztlan that is now part of the United States, but none have been successful. I do not believe the United States will ever give back those lands, especially because there are so many American people that do not know the history and the blood that was shed to acquire them—they do not know the ruthlessness with which the conquistadores treated the people of Aztlan. The usage of Aztlan as a symbol for the movement is perfect because Chicanos will always remember the history and use this as a symbol to reinforce the movement they are fighting for.
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La Conquista (The Conquest): La conquista was the event in which the Spanish settlers, Hernan Cortes, Diego Velazquez, and Jeronimo de Aguilar took over the Aztec city Tenochtitlan with the help of Dona Marina la malinche and many other native tribes who opposed the Aztec
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