Friday, May 23, 2008



OK, so as far as I know Weezer is neither Mexican, nor Chicano--I just love their new song! I am, however, also part Sicilian, so let us say I am exercising my affection for Rivers Cuomo, Weezer lead guru and fellow paisano Italiano.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Margarita Carmen Cansino, aka Rita Hayworth

Just time today to upload this shot from Caren Roberts-Frenzel's book with Abrams, Rita Hayworth: A Photographic Retrospective.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Priceless Repository of Mexican Goodness!

Perez Prado | Soundtrack Pandora Radio Site of the Week!

¡Lalo Alcaraz's OBAMBA!

and, for my UCR students, a timely ZOOT SUIT inspired cartoon!

Transpsychic Displacement or Becoming/Inhabiting the Other: Anna Deavere Smith at TED

Wizard Magazine "Alien" Jokes and Other Matters Stereotypical and Offensive

Regular Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog malcontent Profe Marc García-Martínez writes in with a recent finding he stumbled across and had to tag with his incisive critical microscope:

Hola Inspector Nericcio—

Some more intriguing evidence to stumble upon in your inexhaustible investigation of the ubiquitous hallucinations of Mexicans in our popular media.

This one comes across as noteworthy for its allusive, rhetorical edge, among others.

Point your expert eye to the bottom left of this page from May 2008 Wizard Magazine.

There you will find a quiz-question (#8) on the heritage of the alien Reep Daggle of Durla—a.k.a “Chameleon Boy” from DC Comics’ Legion of Superheroes.

I’m thinking a probing letter to Wizard Magazine in straightforward response to this, uh…well—attempt at humor and cleverness—is in order. Perhaps you will want to help inscribe it?

Maybe the correspondence we should send to the friendly and misguided editors could ask if the fact that Chameleon Boy did not know who is father was for many years; if the fact that he was sentenced to a prison term; if the fact that he takes the form of many visages and must deal with many chores; if the fact that he did not speak the universal language of the 30th century, Interlac, and initially needed a translator; or if the fact that he is from a secretive and widely feared and loathed people had anything to do with classifying him under the possible alien race of “Mexicans” as they did on this page.

All of these facts about Chameleon Boy’s history in the DC Comics Universe are genuine, so I’m sure you will wonder along with me as to just how accidental the “Mexican” inclusion was. Perhaps the fine folks at Wizard Magazine knew what they were doing. Maybe not.

Either way, this is some curious caca here, Inspector. What’s your take?

Abrazo maestro,


Marc García-Martínez
Assistant Professor of English
Allan Hancock College
Santa Barbara County, Califas

Dearest Marcito!

Nericcio here with his take--Mexican Aliens are an easy go-to line for the gringo jokester set; the joke writes itself. My deconstructive move would be to say that yes, Chameleon Boy, is obviously Mexican and Alien, and that, naturally, it was from these marginal subject positions that he derives his strengths... like the chrysalis humans in Cuban theorist Severo Sarduy's writings, Mexican shapeshift like trannies on holiday. If there is a reason Mexicans will be present for the next-wave future of the southwest, it is this penchant for transformation, metamorphosos, and evolution that marks their development and our futures.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

UCRiverside Mexican Cinema Update!

For those of you dropping in today for your daily dose of dissected Mexican and Latina/o stereotypes, you are in for a shock as I am allowing my Media and Cultural Studies class at UCRiverside kidnap today's blog to update their syllabus.

Here's the revised line-up for the rest of the term:

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Read Andrew Higson's "The Concept of National Cinema" and Randall Johnson's "In the Belly of the Ogre." In class, we will discuss Higson and Johnson as a set-up for our screening of Luis Valdez's I am Joaquin (full-text .pdf) and Culture Clash's OTC (Other than Chicano).


(Luis Valdez, 1981)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Discussion of Zoot Suit; please read Rosa Linda Fregoso's "The 'Return to the Beginning'" essay in MEDIATING TWO WORLDS carefully in preparation for the discussion. Also and KEY--bring your writing from your CINEreactionRANT 2 to class, carefully edited and ready to turn in.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

CHANGE--Garcia Canclini reading, Consumers and Citizens, now OPTIONAL; required reading? Josie Saldaña's: "In the Shadow of NAFTA: Y tu mama tambien Revisits the National Allegory of Mexican Sovereignty" from American Quarterly - Volume 57, Number 3, September 2005, pp. 751-777. This article has been emailed to you AND is available here.


Y tu mama también
(Alfonso Cuarón, 2002)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Your reading of Hester Baer and Ryan Long's "Transnational Cinema and the Mexican State in Alfonso Cuarón's Y tu mama también" is optional; we will concentrate in class on a discussion/debate of your screening of Cuarón's film--while there is NO cineREACTIONrant due this week, it would not hurt to come to class with three typed discussion questions that derive from the film and this class; you may turn these in for "extra-credit" if you wish. Make sure your name is printed on the questions you submit.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Exam 2: your one-hour, in-class exam will comprehensively cover all the materials we have encountered since I took over the class for Professor Freya Shiwy.


(2006, Alejandro González Iñárritu)

cineREACTIONrant, due, THURSDAY, June 5, 2008, in class, typed, up to two-pages, double-spaced, proofread, and with a clever title: "Presume that BABEL provides viewers with a snapshot of director González Iñárritu's psyche, his Freudian unconscious. In your rant/critique, tell your reader all about this hidden psyche using direct and specific reference to key images/scenes from BABEL.

Thursday June 5, 2008

final class discussion on BABEL; receive take-home FINAL, aka your cineIMAGINATIONchallengeFINALE; this take-home final is due, via email, as an attached .doc or pdf file on June 10, 2008 at 10am. If you want ALL of your marked work returned to you, please bring a good-sized envelope with enough postage (3 or so stamps) so that I can mail it all back to you after June 10, 2008!

Tuesday June 10, 2008
no class--turn in your final via email already.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

A Very American History of Mexican Lynchings

I have run across an article that largely supports my suspicions published in Tex[t]-Mex regarding those "bloodstains" of nations in conflict: stereotypes. I can't exactly call it pleasant Sunday morning reading, but it is bracing and telling in our age of the Mexican pogrom in America. Here's a taste (read the whole thing by clicking the "sigh" below):

Here's the official citation abstract for the piece by William Carrigan and Clive Webb:

Carrigan, William D. & Webb, Clive, (1970-) "The Lynching of Persons of Mexican Origin or Descent in the United States, 1848 to 1928" | Journal of Social History (37: 2) Winter 2003, pp. 411-438


The lynching of persons of Mexican origin or descent has been largely overlooked by historians of American mob violence. This essay offers the first attempt to construct a systematic set of data on the subject. The authors contend that between 1848 and 1928, mobs lynched at least 597 Mexicans. Traditional interpretations of western violence cannot account for this phenomenon. The actual causes of mob violence against Mexicans were several-fold: race and the legacy of Anglo American expansion, economic competition, and diplomatic tensions between Mexico and the United States. Throughout this era, Mexicans formulated numerous means of resistance against Anglo mobs. These included armed self-defense, public protest, the establishment of mutual defense organizations, and appeals for aid to the Mexican government. The central aim of this essay is to broaden the scholarly discourse on lynching by moving beyond the traditional limitations of the black/white paradigm. Placing the experience of Mexicans into the history of lynching expands our understanding of the causes of mob violence and the ways in which individuals and groups sought to resist lynching and vigilantism. The essay is based on numerous archival sources in both Spanish and English. These include diaries, letters, memoirs, folk culture, newspapers, government documents, and diplomatic correspondence.

More statistics opposite and here.

Subject Headings:
Lynching -- United States -- History.
Mexican Americans -- Violence against -- History.
United States -- Race relations -- History.

Sigh--I came across this article in Refugee Watch #22, online, available by clicking the journal cover image above.

also: a headsup to lefty Radical Profs y Graduate Students!

Our Season of Mexican Pogroms Begins in Earnest

You know the shit is starting to hit the fan when they start rounding up the Jews and the Mexicans at the same time--this news story out of the Midwest seems to ultimately suggest a ripe moment for some sort of Mexica/Semitic solidarity! Oy Gevalt, ¡Dios Mio! An Israeli press riff is here. Maybe Lalo Alcaraz can invent some t-shirt with the sleeping Mexican and the wandering Jew joining arms. The possibilities make me dizzy. For one thing, me and my good friend Leon Lanzbom, ace lit-meister and poet extraordinaire in the SDSU MFA Program, will have to wash down our shrimp tacos at Ponce's with Manischewitz to protest!

The pogrom part, fed by decades of Roger Ailes-scripted fascism mongering, is just plain scary.

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