By Luz María Gordillo
Weaving narratives with gendered research and historiography of Mexicans within the Midwest, Mexican girls and the opposite part of Immigration examines the original transnational group created among San Ignacio Cerro Gordo, Jalisco, and Detroit, Michigan, within the final 3 a long time of the 20 th century, saying that either the group of foundation and the receiving neighborhood are vital to an immigrant's lifestyle, even though the manifestations of this are rife with contradictions.
Exploring the demanding situations confronted via this inhabitants because the inception of the Bracero application in 1942 in continuously re-creating, adapting, accommodating, shaping, and growing new meanings in their environments, Luz María Gordillo emphasizes the gender-specific features of those occasions. whereas different experiences of Mexican transnational id specialize in social associations, Gordillo's paintings introduces the idea that of transnational sexualities, quite the social building of working-class sexuality. Her findings point out that many girl San Ignacians shattered stereotypes, transgressing typically male roles whereas their husbands lived overseas. while the ladies themselves immigrated besides, those transgressions facilitated their model in Detroit. put in the better context of globalization, Mexican girls and the opposite facet of Immigration is a well timed excavation of oral histories, archival records, and the remnants of 3 a long time of memory.
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On April 4, 1948, fifteen-year-old Josefina González Flores, originally from Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, wrote a letter to Mexican president Miguel Alemán: I Josefina González Flores with all due respect wrote a letter a few days ago asking you to please let me have a sewing machine. I said that even if it is a very old sewing machine I would take it. I would like to help my parents, who are very anguished. My father is making very little money and it’s not enough to support all of us. All my brothers and sisters are small and I am fifteen, and I already know how to sew; but I don’t have a sewing machine.
I was so lucky. I arrived [in Detroit] on a Sunday, the twenty-first was a Sunday. I was sitting at Clark Park; I just sat there on a bench for about two hours. Back then things were so quiet and peaceful; one could sleep in the park. ” So that woman spoke Spanish, she was Cuban and she had a small grocery store across the street from where I was. ” “My husband and I are Cubans and we own that store. ” “Yes, I have some money for food but I don’t know where to go. I am a bit lost because I don’t know anyone here in this town .
Within this discourse, she designates her labor contribution as supporting income rather than primary income, which would come from her father, the appropriate head of the household. Women had to also deploy all their coping skills when a migrant husband died abroad. In March 1949 José Santos Gálvez died in a truck accident while working as a bracero for the Fitzgerald and Litrov company in California. The family was originally from Zacatecas. Six months after his death, his widow, Eloisa Ortega de Gálvez, asked her daughter to write a letter to the Mexican consul, requesting his help to get the insurance money that her husband’s labor contract provided in case of accident or death.
Mexican Women and the Other Side of Immigration: Engendering Transnational Ties (Chicana Matters) by Luz María Gordillo