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2014 Symposium

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Percentage Of Chicano Nurses In Spokane, Lynnzie Paulson Jan 2014

Percentage Of Chicano Nurses In Spokane, Lynnzie Paulson

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This paper discusses the percentage of Chicano or Latino nurses compared to white and other minority nurses; This study will show a lower percentage of Chicano nurses compared to white and other minority nurses. I will also discuss the inequality in educational opportunities in this field for Chicana/os as well as show how providing more opportunities will improve the health and nursing care for Chicano consumers. Using information from the U.S. Census, along with statistics from state, national, and federal agencies, and other academic peer reviewed studies this study looks at the nursing field, more specifically in Spokane ...


Defining Chicano Social Issues And Establishing Self-Identity Through Art, Lupita Guzman Jan 2014

Defining Chicano Social Issues And Establishing Self-Identity Through Art, Lupita Guzman

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The Chicano movement took place during the late 1960s through the early 1970s and introduced the contemporary mural movement. This movement was what paved the path for many Chicanos to express and protest their interpretations of social issues such as racism, immigration and Chicano identity though art. Chicano artists have chosen to express the political side of being a Chicano through art because they really want to provoke and cross lines that most people do not dare to do. I will use academic journals, periodicals, and art abstracts to improve and support my research. My paper will show that the ...


Bilingualism And Latinos In The United States, Rigoberto Gutierrez-Pinon Jan 2014

Bilingualism And Latinos In The United States, Rigoberto Gutierrez-Pinon

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In the U.S., many cultures and languages are in contact and many consider it to possess only one universal culture. However, often conflict arises as a result of the close proximity shared by all these different elements. In this investigation, I will concentrate on the experiences of Latino-Americans in the United States specifically related to language. Many Latinos in this country hold on to their linguistic heritage and, in varying degrees, speak Spanish. However, due to the duality of their identities, it is not uncommon for Latinos to encounter conflict within themselves and confrontations with others. Linguistically, there is ...


Narcocorridos, Jaime Frausto-Cerna Jan 2014

Narcocorridos, Jaime Frausto-Cerna

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Corridos are songs that tell a true story about an event, these songs were written to express the importance of this hero or a heroic action. With time the music has evolved to include lyrics glorifying drug smuggling and extreme violence. Just like hip hop, Narcocorridos challenge the government by singing about their success in the drug business. I will utilize online newspapers, articles and lyrics compose and sung by corridistas themselves. Multiple artists have been ambushed and suffered terrible deaths resulting from the turf war the drug cartels have started and the songs and lyrics they compose. Factors leading ...


Social Work And Chicano/Latino Diversity, Rosa Guerrero Jan 2014

Social Work And Chicano/Latino Diversity, Rosa Guerrero

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My paper is going to focus on the social work program here at Eastern and whether or not it effectively prepares undergraduate students to work with the Chicano/Latino community. I will be examining basic demographic information about the Latino population within Eastern Washington University, the state of Washington and the United States. I will also be analyzing the demographics of staff and faculty that make up the social work program to see if any of them come from diverse backgrounds that understand the socio-cultural factors that Chicano/Latinos face. With the use of peer reviewed articles, I will be ...


Chicanos And The Criminal Justice System, Scott Van Dyke Jan 2014

Chicanos And The Criminal Justice System, Scott Van Dyke

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Recently there has been a change in the interaction and trust between the justice system and Chicanos. This paper will delve into how interactions between the criminal justice system and the Chicano community have increased as well as examine the support levels or lack thereof within the justice system. I will use survey statistics found in reports from the PEW Research Center and also focus on Chicanos who interact with the justice system on a daily basis. According to a Pew Research Center report, approximately fifty-six percent of Chicanos have had some sort of interaction with the criminal justice system ...


Día De Los Muertos, Emily Sherman Jan 2014

Día De Los Muertos, Emily Sherman

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Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday put in place to honor those who have passed away. During the celebration the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado, flowers, sugar skulls, music and parades. Unlike American culture which views death as a very somber event, the Mexican culture has learned to embrace it as a natural part of life. On this day the dead are thought to wake from their eternal sleep and join the celebration with their family and friends. This paper explores the history of Día de los ...


Tejano Music, Derek Phakoo Jan 2014

Tejano Music, Derek Phakoo

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Tejano music originated in the southern part of Texas and has spread all over the world. It has produced some of the most famous musicians of our time. Tejano music is also called conjunto music. This music is a cross between blues and country and originated on the farms and ranches of Southern Texas in the early 19th century. This music came about due to the Mexicans, German and Czech immigrants sharing music traditions. This combined polkas with classic Mexican folk music. It was the Mexican Revolution that lasted from 1910-1917 that is responsible for this genre of music and ...


Expressing The Chicano Culture: A Low Riding Experience, Ian O'Neill Jan 2014

Expressing The Chicano Culture: A Low Riding Experience, Ian O'Neill

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This research paper focuses on the rich heritage of the Chicano people who chose to express their culture through the customization of vehicles. I discuss the history of the automobile in the Chicano culture and the reasons why low riding became such a dominant idea for Chicanos. This paper will show how customizing in terms of painting, lowering, sculpting, and fabricating gave the Chicanos a favorable alternative activity instead of joining a gang. I will further discuss how this positive movement motivated and generated a generation of workers who excelled in the field of automobile customization through their artistic capabilities ...


The Perceptions Of College Among Latino Elementary Students, Amy Nunez Jan 2014

The Perceptions Of College Among Latino Elementary Students, Amy Nunez

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According to the Pew Research Center, the disparity between Latinos (14.5%) and Caucasian (51%) students who earned a Bachelor’s degree in 2012 concerns scholars and policymakers. Scholarly articles (Chung and Dickson 2011; Spears, Brown, and Chu 2012; Moreno and Gaytán 2013; Becerra 2012), support the statement that the educational system in the U.S. can improve the services provided to Latino students in order to increase their college attainment. Some concerns raised by scholars include the lack of certified teachers and administrators who are culturally competent and can help Latino students develop the skills needed to succeed in ...


Deportation, Joanna Gutierrez Jan 2014

Deportation, Joanna Gutierrez

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Deportations of unauthorized immigrants continue at record levels. Since President Barack Obama took office two-thirds of the nearly 2 million deportation cases involve people who had committed minor infractions, or had no criminal record at all. In this paper I will address the opposition people have with deportations. I will discuss the impact deportations play on a families and the toll it takes on the people they leave behind. This study uses demographic information collected by the US census, scholarly articles, and personal testimonies of young adults affected by this government actions showing the effects deportation has had on the ...


Searching For The American Dream, Berenice Garcia Jan 2014

Searching For The American Dream, Berenice Garcia

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Immigration is a controversial topic for both Chicanos and Americans. Many Immigrants put themselves through the danger of crossing the border into the United States so they are able to provide for their family. Immigrants only come to help the economy. I will use data and peer review articles that have analyzed the benefits or their lack of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to assess the effects on poor Mexican peasants. This paper I will address the detrimental effects of this treaty on families who have been uprooted from their traditional way of life and forced to migrate ...


The Obstacles Chicanos Face In The United States, Maria Galindo Jan 2014

The Obstacles Chicanos Face In The United States, Maria Galindo

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When coming to the United States many immigrants think the biggest challenge they face will be leaving their families. Many do not realize the real challenge awaits them when they arrive in the United States. One of the main challenges they face is that of discrimination and overcoming negative stereotypes Americans use to describe them. Children are being raised to think these remarks are acceptable. In this paper I am going to provide information from personal blogs of experiences that have affected their everyday lives . This paper will provide evidence of the struggles they face with language barriers and the ...


Dreams Denied, Stephanie Fuentes Jan 2014

Dreams Denied, Stephanie Fuentes

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The case Plyler vs. Doe was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a state law denying funding for education to immigrant children. The court held states could not discriminate against students enrolling in K- 12 public schools based on their legal status. However, it never addressed public education beyond high school,which allowed states to create their own rules regarding undocumented students and higher education. In 2003 Washington State Legislature approved House Bill 1079 which helped make college education affordable for certain undocumented students by allowing them to pay in-state tuition.Currently 17 ...


Carlos Santana: Using Music To Unite Communities, Courtney Darrow Jan 2014

Carlos Santana: Using Music To Unite Communities, Courtney Darrow

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Carlos Santana, a musician born in Mexico and raised in America, has spent his entire career creating music for the masses. In 1966, he formed the Santana Blues Band whom, over the next several decades, would become internationally known for their music and charitable nature. Using his fame to promote the good in the world, Santana has become an international icon for the Latino community. Using scholarly and newspaper sources like, Carlos Santana by L.C. Slavicek and the article Santana from The Latino American Experience, I will explore in more detail Santana’s influence on the Chicano community in ...


The Forgotten Members Of Our Society: Latinos In The Criminal Justice System, Jereny Mendoza Jan 2014

The Forgotten Members Of Our Society: Latinos In The Criminal Justice System, Jereny Mendoza

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According to the U.S. Department of Justice, as of midyear 2010, the total population of jail inmates was 1,613,740. Since jail inmates have been reported to have lower levels of education than the general population, it raises a high concern for their re-establishment in our society once they are released. While there has been an attempt to provide educational services such as the attainment of GED’s to prisoners of the adult correctional population, the services naturally discontinue once the prisoners have served their time in prison. This study examines the opportunities and obstacles that are presented ...


Chicano Assimilation Into Us Athletics, Anthony Mcchesney Jan 2014

Chicano Assimilation Into Us Athletics, Anthony Mcchesney

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This paper as a whole will talk about the Chicanos assimilation into our United States sporting system. With a focus on soccer, and more specifically the MLS (Major League Soccer) this paper will discuss the successes and the failures they’ve had in regards to assimilation... Following that there will be a section of educated opinions and speculations about the future that will be backed up with research such as the rise in population of Chicanos on the rosters from the founding of MLS in 1996 to the present. Using “Chicano and/or Mexicans” as key words to my search ...


Architecture Of The Modern World, Nicholas Law Jan 2014

Architecture Of The Modern World, Nicholas Law

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Although sometimes overlooked, Latino/Chicano architecture is all around us and continues to influence modern structures today. From early century megalithic architecture to the baroque cathedrals and even to the Modernism movement, Latino architects have played a large role in establishing beautiful works of art and attributing to modern day architecture. In this paper I will address the influence Chicanos have had on modern day architecture. Tracing back to the Stone Age, Latino architecture can be discovered, though primitive it shows some of the earliest examples of their designs. As time progressed, Latino architecture was influenced by the Romans, Moors ...


The Day Of The Dead In The United States, Tatiana Hernandez Jan 2014

The Day Of The Dead In The United States, Tatiana Hernandez

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The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated throughout many countries, but mostly in Mexico. This very important holiday focuses on the gathering of friends and family in order to honor those who have passed. The Day of the Dead celebration has a long history to the Mexican people, where it is believed to have originated with the Aztec festival to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. I will be using sources from academic journals to discuss the origin of Day of the Dead and to explore in-depth what this celebration is really about ...


Chicano Impact On U.S. Comedy, John Whiting-Call Jan 2014

Chicano Impact On U.S. Comedy, John Whiting-Call

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Laughter, smiles, and happiness are all feelings that transgress through cultures and can be portrayed by comedians. This paper will be discussing the impact that the Chicano population has on today’s comedy. A brief history of Chicanos in the comedy business will be discussed. The fine line between racially offensive and stereotypical jokes will be evaluated as well. This paper will also highlight some of comedy’s most famous Hispanics, and analyze their comedic routines and childhood to learn how their culture and customs have influenced their sense of humor. Finally, the concept of how, through humor, Chicano culture ...