Mexican Americans/Chicana/os/Chicanx form a majority of the overall Latino population in the United States. Scholarship on their presence, experience, and contributions has been focused, until recently, on the Southwest. In this collection, Chicanx scholars, both established and emerging, offer academic and non-academic perspectives specifically on the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest. These multidisciplinary papers address colonialism, gender, history, immigration, labor, literature, sociology, education, and religion. Here El Movimiento (the Chicanx movement) and the Chicanx experience are set beyond the boundaries of the Southwest, illuminating how Chicanxs have challenged racialization, marginalization, and isolation in the northern borderlands.
Contributors to We Are Aztlan! include Norma Cardenas (Eastern Washington University), Oscar Rosales Castaneda (activist, writer), Josue Q. Estrada (University of Washington), Theresa Melendez, (Michigan State University, emeritus), the late Carlos Maldonado and Rachel Maldonado (Eastern Washington University, retired), Dylan Miner (Michigan State), Ernesto Todd Mireles (Prescott College), and Dionicio Valdes (Michigan State).
Editor Jerry Garcia received his PhD from Washington State University, and has had academic appointments at Iowa State, Michigan State, and Eastern Washington Universities. His most recent book is Looking Like the Enemy: Japanese Mexicans, the Mexican State, and U.S. Hegemony, 1897 – 1945 (2014).
Illustrations / maps / notes / bibliography / index / 266 pages (2017)