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In this New York Times documentary host Walter Thompson-Hernandez travels to Nagoya in Japan to speak to the girls there who style themselves after Chicanas. These women have taken inspiration…
Mexico Forever

This intimate documentary shows you why Japanese girls are dressing like Chicanas

In this New York Times documentary host Walter Thompson-Hernandez travels to Nagoya in Japan to speak to the girls there who style themselves after Chicanas. These women have taken inspiration from Latina women and are making it their own. Chicano, or Chicana, is often referred to a chosen identity for Mexican Americans in the United States. Chicano or Xicano are sometimes used interchangeably with Mexican-American, and both names exist as chosen identities within the Mexican-American community in the United States.

Although Chicano had negative connotations as a term of denigration prior to the Chicano Movement, it was reclaimed in the 1960s and 1970s by Mexican Americans to express self-determination and solidarity in a shared cultural, ethnic, and communal identity while openly rejecting assimilation. Chicano identity hit a low point in the 1980s and 1990s, as assimilation and economic mobility became a goal of many middle-class Mexican Americans who instead adopted the terms Hispanic and Latino.

By the end of the 1990s a shift in Chicano identity, initiated by Xicana feminists and others, supporting the adoption of Xicana/o identity, occurred among some members of the community. There has been a resurgence of the Chicano identity in the 2010s, centered on ethnic pride, Indigenous consciousness, cultural expression, defense of immigrants, and the rights of women and queer Latinx people – some even refer to it as a ‘renaissance’.

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