Chicanos

Vicente Puentes

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Sandra Cisneros (1954-Present)

Sandra Cisneros was born on December 20, 1954, in Chicago, Illinois. One of seven children and the only daughter, she has written extensively about the Latina experience in the United States. Her novel "The House on Mango Street," about a young Latina woman coming of age in Chicago, has sold more than two million copies. Cisneros has received numerous awards for her work, including the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Texas Medal of the Arts.

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Those Who Don't

Those who don't know any better come into our neighborhood scared. They think we're dangerous. They think we will attack them with shiny knives. They are stupid people who are lost and go here by mistake.


But we aren't afraid. We know the guy with the crooked eye is Davey the Baby's brother, and the tall one next to him in the straw brim, that's Rosa's Eddie V., and the big one that looks like a dumb grown man, he's Fat Boy, though he's not fat anymore nor a boy.


All brown all around, we are safe. But watch us drive into a neighborhood of another color and our knees go shakily-shake and our car windows get rolled up tight and our eyes look straight. Yeah. That's how it goes.


S: "attack them with shiny knives"

I: "our knees go shakily-shake and our car windows get rolled up tight and our eyes look straight"

F: "

T: Candid (tone)

stereotype (theme)

Yo soy Chicano
Yo soy tu hermano, yo soy chicano