How Did You Get To Be Mexican (Paperback)
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How Did You Get To Be Mexican (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 10/08/1999
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During an interview for a faculty position, a senior professor asked Kevin Johnson bluntly, \u0022How did you get to be a Mexican?\u0022 And, a young woman at a Harvard Law School dinner party inquired, \u0022Are you one of those people whose high school friends are all dead from gangs and stuff?\u0022 The son of a Mexican American mother and an Anglo father, Professor Johnson has spent his life in the borderlands between racial identities. In this insightful book, he uses his experiences as a mixed Latino Anglo to examine issues of diversity, assimilation, race relations, and affirmative action in the contemporary United States. Johnson also grew up in the borderlands between classes. He spent his childhood with his mother, first on welfare and then with a racist working-class stepfather. As an adolescent, he moved to his father's home in a predominantly upper-middle-class suburb. His educational experiences too extend from a racially mixed elementary school to an all-white high school, and from Berkeley to Harvard Law School. From this vantage point, he analyzes the intersection of race and class in the United States. This book looks not just at the question \u0022Who is a Latino?\u0022 but also at the question of where persons of mixed Anglo-Latino heritage fit into the racial dynamics of the United States. Professor Johnson's mother was an ardent assimilationist who classified herself as \u0022Spanish\u0022; her failure to become a part o f middle America led her into depression and eventually mental illness. Her son has woven not just her experiences and his own, but also those of friends and relatives, into a complex and moving story of one white/brown man's search for identity.

Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9781566396516
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 435 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Engaging and warmly inviting. Funny and tragic by turns, this book has a momentum that carries the reader along. Johnson's struggles reverberate beyond himself; the incidents he recounts, whether dramatic or small, apply to the lives of others who have had to deal with poverty, class origins, and racial stereotyping."
-Richard Delgado, co-editor of Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror
"A compelling and thoughtful portrayal of the struggle for identity faced by a sensitive young man who did not fit neatly into the artificial racial and ethnic categories embedded in the political and cultural fabric of this nation."
-Gregory H. Williams, Dean of Ohio State University College of Law

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