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Assimilation Between Latino Culture And Mass Media

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Currently, on the New York Times’ Bestsellers list as well as the Publisher’s Weekly list, there are no Mexican American or Latinx writers represented. This simple fact amplifies the sour relationship between Latinx authors and the mainstream media. When we take a closer look at this unhealthy relationship, we find that the root of the problem can be found within the mainstream American publishing industry which often divides literature into genres of “ethnic” literature. This label leads other individuals to produce a particular idea of what Latino culture and literature entails which forms an unnecessary boundary between us and them, “them” referring of course to the American culture presented in the nation and mainstream media, while “us”…show more content…
Two powerful Chicanas who have been an inspiration in the battle of objecting the mass media’s attempts of cultural suppression, are Sandra Cisneros and Gloria Anzaldua. One moment in particular that demonstrated how strong Cisneros felt about keeping her writing the way it is, is present in a letter that was meant to be a response to a mother who was upset that her child would be exposed to the content in a House on Mango Street. Instead of giving in or blatantly being rude, Cisneros responded with grace and respect while still maintaining a secure stance. Within this letter, Cisneros explains that our stories should not be silenced because they may help others understand key moments in their lives especially in the developmental stages of a child as they are often “suffering from experiences [they] couldn’t talk about” (Cisneros, 2016). Gloria Anzaldua ‘s reflections in Borderlands/ La Frontera demonstrate her indestructible will and passion for life, as well as her grounded opinions on being the keeper of your own identity. She describes moments in which she “had to leave home so I could find myself, find my own intrinsic nature buried under the personality that has been imposed,” which presents her opinions on various aspects of culture, family, mestizaje, and of course identity. Anzaldua’s ability to exhibit pride and confidence in her writing as well as in herself allows for outsiders to look in and exposes the reality of the culture including the good, the bad, and the ugly (Anzaldua,
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