Thursday, August 26, 2010

Food For Thought: Chicano Popular Culture. Presented by Dr. Charles Tatum, Professor of Spanish at the University of Arizona.

Photos by Jon Scanlon

Most Americans, regardless of class, race, ethnicity, national origin, or gender, are exposed daily to heavy doses of popular culture in the form of television and radio programming, cinema, and advertising. Americans of Mexican descent bring a rich history and deep appreciation of popular cultural practices to American society. This presentation at the Joel Valdez Main Library, explored these practices thriving today, including the oral tradition (corridos, folk tales, riddles and popular sayings); television; radio; newspapers; cinema; sports; civil, secular and religious celebrations; music; and popular literature. The audience learned the history, roots, traditions, values, attitudes and social life of the fastest growing segment of our population.

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