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Are Chicanos the same as Mexicans?


Asked by Anonymous at 11:09 AM on May. 20, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Not all Spanish people in NM, AZ, TX and CA came from Mexico. Many families have lived in the US for hundreds of years. They came and settled from Spain, long before the Revolutionary War. Chicano is a word they use to show the aren't Mexicans.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 12:08 PM on May. 20, 2009

  • No - Chicanos are California born Mexican-Americans.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 11:10 AM on May. 20, 2009

  • Chicano is used only of Mexican Americans, not of Mexicans living in Mexico. It was originally an informal term in English (as in Spanish), and the spelling of the first recorded instance in an American publication followed the Spanish custom of lowercasing nouns of national or ethnic origin. However, the literary and political movements of the 1960s and 1970s among Mexican Americans established Chicano as a term of ethnic pride, and it is properly written today with a capital.·While Chicano is a term of pride for many Mexican Americans, it remains a word with strong political associations. Since these politics are not necessarily espoused by all Mexican Americans, and since usage and acceptance of this word can vary from one region to another, an outsider who is unfamiliar with his or her audience may do well to use Mexican American instead.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:11 AM on May. 20, 2009

  • A friend of mine with Mexican heritage expresses that when she hears the word "Chicano" It is a reminder that all the USA southern states were Mexico territories before the French decided to invade Mexico. The government of Mexico had to sell territories to USA for political arrangements.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:21 AM on May. 20, 2009

  • no idea

    Answer by babysyoungmom1 at 11:28 AM on May. 20, 2009

  • I learned something new today. :-)

    Answer by LadyChamp at 11:50 AM on May. 20, 2009