Representations of Immigration Through Music Essay

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Art encompasses many different forms, from paintings, writing, drawing, dance, and even music. It is a way of expression for the artist in its various forms. Music, in particular, allows the artist and listener to engage in the work and better understand what the musician wanted to tell. Music provides listeners with an escape from their world and into a world filled with tunes and emotion. There are many different genres and types of music and each can tell a story. Looking at these artists’ music videos, they also represent feelings of the artists. Things in the videos are used specifically to create an affective feeling and response. Music is able to represent different events and discus contested issues in a forum that the artist…show more content…
The Mexican government and media also discouraged migrants from going o the United States. Newspapers and politicians alike, warned migrants of the potential discrimination they could face. The United States appeared to be the Promised Land, in which there was a need for cheap labor, something that was difficult to find in Mexico. Following this, illegal immigration also began to rise, which caused the United States to increase border patrol agents. This changed how the border patrol was and into what it is today. Mexican migrants began to be seen as a threat, instead of looking the many reasons for leaving Mexico, like a decreased job market and the still present effects of the failed Mexican Revolution. This program along with many acts to follow set the stage for increased anti-immigrant sentiment and frames what many Mexican American artists talk about.
Stereotypes in the media portray migrants as drug smugglers or maids. These blatantly racist images only further the assumed stereotypes facing Mexican Americans. Immigration and immigration reform is a highly talked about issue in the media, which leads to false stereotypes being continually shown. In addition to this, music videos and lyrics are also ways in which Mexican immigration becomes a topic of controversy. Mexican American artists use music as a form of spatial entitlement to turn ordinary and sonic sites into a space of mutuality and solidarity . The use of
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