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The Chicano People Gloria Anzaldua writes about a borderland This borderland is what she explains as where two or more cultures meet with each other Two essays in which she wrote are Entering into the Serpent and How to Tame a Wild Tongue Both of these essays are written in English and Spanish making it difficult for some to understand She does this to show people what it was like to not understand Anzaldua discusses her experiences growing up between many cultures As a woman of many identities she has suffered oppression because of who and what she represents in an American culture that is threatened by anyone who is not of white color In Entering into the Serpent Anzaldua paints a picture of her culture and defines what culture is to her She tells many stories of different Spanish cultures In How to Tame a Wild Tongue Anzaldua points out that it was not only from white people that she faced challenges Her own people forced her to live her life in a state of division She tried to conform to the white mans expectation and was then called a pocho cultural traitor She was accused of ruining the Spanish language when she spoke English and most Latinos accused her of ruining Spanish as she spoke Chicano Spanish Anzaldua was told by Latinos that youre speaking the oppressors language by speaking English youre ruining the Spanish language Anzaldua examines the origins of some of the different languages she speaks and in doing so she reveals the processes of transculturation that helped to shape them Anzaldua draws a connection between her identity and the various languages she uses For instance she names Standard and Working Class English as the languages that she learned in school and from the media Chicano Texas Spanish is the language that is closest to her heart and the one she uses when speaking to her mom younger brother aunts
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