Rio Hondo College Newspaper

El Paisano

Rio Hondo College Newspaper

El Paisano

Rio Hondo College Newspaper

El Paisano

Whittier Blvd. street sign in East Los Angeles, Calif.. The community of East Los Angeles is the setting of 1980s Mexican-American movies like Born in East L.A. and Stand and Deliver.

Mexican-American and Chicano Movies of the 1980s: From Zoot Suit to Stand and Deliver

Jeffrey Barragan, Opinion Editor March 17, 2022

Four of the most important and influential Mexican-American and Latinx movies came out in the 1980s. The movies “Zoot Suit,” “La Bamba,” “Stand and Deliver,” and “Born in East L.A.” captured life in the San Fernando Valley and the rest of Greater Los Angeles, Calif. The 1980s especially...

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Ruben Salazar Park in East Los Angeles, California was the sight of the Chicanx Moratorium in 1970. Photo by Jeffrey Barragan

The Chicana/o/x Identity and the 20th Century Movement

Jeffrey Barragan, Opinion Editor October 20, 2021

The Chicanx movement of the 1960’s created solidarity among Mexican-Americans in the Southwest. The movement pursued to change and improve education, politics, and civil rights for Mexican-Americans and Latin Americans during a critical period in United States history. Over the last decade, gender-neutral...

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Mural at Rio Hondo Park in Pico Rivera, California

Hispanic Heritage Month Excludes Parts of Latin America

Jeffrey Barragan, Opinion Editor September 29, 2021

There is something extraordinarily odd about the word “Hispanic” in Hispanic Heritage Month. The word is exclusionary but also ironically Eurocentric during a month-long celebration and recognition of the independence of Latin American countries from European imperialism. The same can be said...

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