This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Pachuco From Mexico To United States

993 words - 4 pages

In the 1940's the pachuco subculture emerged within the urban youths of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. These pachucos were deterritorialized from Mexico and the United States. While the United States wasn't fully assimilating the pachuco subculture, Mexico was trying to distance themselves from the subculture. This formation of the cross-border subculture helped create the pachuco as a manner and persona. The pachuco was also known to many on both sides of the border due to Mexican comedian and film actor Germán Valdéz who created played a pachuco character Tin Tan in films.
I will analyze Javier Durán’s “Nation and Translation: The “Pachuco” in Mexican Popular Culture: Germán Valdéz’s ...view middle of the document...

Duran also implies that in addition to laws of language with caló and pochismos, the pachuco's codified language of the body and codified language of space should reflect off of each other for the pachuco to survive. The pachuco has to become the body and space to culturally survive. The pachuco must dress, look, act and perform accordingly to the strategies of survival. Mimicry and camouflage that Durán discusses can be interpreted as being seen but not completely, or being known but not fully understood. When the pachuco is seen or known there is the ability to be identifiable in society.
The Tin Tan character was the first pachuco phenomenon which had an impact in Mexican popular culture which eventually traveled to the United States. “Tin Tan's pochismo is precisely the element that places his pachuco character outside the nation, on the border.” (Durán 44). Tin Tan was a humorous stereotypical pachuco who portrayed all the traits of a real pachuco in all forms such as a persona, style, dress and slang. Tin Tan was translated and accepted by many young youths as a way out rebelling against the norm. As many youths growing up, they struggle to find their identity. They try to establish themselves by searching and experimenting new things which in this case is the pachuco lifestyle. Javier Durán's article expresses the impact of Tin Tan in the pachuco subculture lifestyle stemming from Mexico:
“Monsiviis argues that Tin Tan is a model of a transbordered subject ("sujeto transfronterizo"), one whose pachuco traits and demeanor irritate and offend the Mexican cultural establishment. According to Monsivais, the "dandyism" of the pachuco is an aesthetic that contains its own ethics. It is also a statement of defiance, one that anticipates the creation of a counter identity at, and of "the border," a border identity...”
(Durán 42).
In this excerpt, Javier Durán describes Carlos Monsiváis'...

Find Another Essay On The Pachuco from Mexico to United States

Efforts Towards Unifying the United States and Mexico

610 words - 2 pages Immigration and Naturalization Service, there are as many as 8.5 million illegal immigrants living in the United States today; 54 % came from Mexico. In a public announcement, Fox stated, "We must and we can reach an agreement on migration before the end of this very year which will allow us before the end of our respective terms to make sure that there are no Mexicans who have not entered this country legally in the United States, and that those

Mexico and its Relationship with the United States

2313 words - 10 pages , Jr were, right? Do Americans know that the result of the Mexican American War of 1846 was that Mexico lost what was then Texas, California and New Mexico? In fact, word “gringo” (considered slang for American) comes from that war. Mexicans scrawled “Green Go Home” on the walls (The United States soldiers’ uniforms were green). The angry phrase eventually evolved to the term “gringo,” which is today used in Mexico to describe an American

Mexico and its Relationship with the United States

2717 words - 11 pages that there they will add more water to their soup, so everyone can eat. They would much rather have limited amounts of money and have a job they enjoy doing, or a job that allows them to have more time to spend with their families. There are also endless holidays in Mexico where people take the day off work. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and so on are incredibly important, far more so than in the United States. The upper and higher middle classes

Mexico and its Relationship with the United States

2331 words - 9 pages half to say goodbye! People will hug and kiss and send regards to family members and friends, wish them good luck on upcoming events and even start a brand new conversations then and there. In Mexico it is not only strange but incredibly rude to arrive anywhere and not say hello and goodbye when you leave. When I arrived to the United States I was startled by the cold distance and indifference when people greeted each other. Strangers didn’t

Mexico and its Relationship with the United States

1871 words - 7 pages schools, from an early age on. French is usually the only other option and it is usually much later in school. Bibliography "Working Together: Economic Ties between the United States and Mexico | Wilson Center." Working Together: Economic Ties between the United States and Mexico | Wilson Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 May 2014. . "U.S

Drug Influence in the United States and Mexico

1399 words - 6 pages 19.9 million people (Suddath). The United States has increasing numbers in drug consumers, largely because the U.S is connected to Mexico, a producer, consumer, and transporter of drugs. Mexico is known for its port at Lazaro Cardenas, where all types of drugs are delivered, specifically methamphetamine, in ships from Asia (Faysett). In Mexico, Lazaro Cardenas is out of control, they are ungovernable because many gangs that are associated with

United States of Mexico: The Day of Death

724 words - 3 pages I have learned some interesting things on the country of Mexico. Everything about their culture to how and where they have lived and died. Mexico is a interseting and different country known for ita heritage and beloved the world over. I am about to show you why, In the Mexican way of life, family is very imprtant. Traditional values, mexican culture and customs and family are the main focus of many homes throughout

How NAFTA has affected the financial service industries in the United States, Canada, and Mexico

1661 words - 7 pages will not benefit as much from transactions within their own markets. What’s more, Canada’s trade with Mexico is 1 percent of its trade with the United States. However, the principal gains from financial integration of this sort have largely to do with the more efficient allocation of capital across international boundaries and the more efficient provision of domestic financial services to consumers.      The primary

How does Public Opinion influence participation both within the United States and Mexico?

2033 words - 9 pages Public Opinion within both the Unites States and Mexico has been highly controversial and a serious topics that have caused diametrical consequences for the two major cams in the debate, the pro-life and pro- choice supporters. As discussed in lecture, abortion is an issue that is pretty clear-cut, those who oppose, tend to oppose it without the opportunity to compromise. Likewise, those who are pro- choice are similarly unlikely to shift on

Toward a New Trilateral Strategic Security Relationship: United States, Canada, and Mexico

872 words - 4 pages volleyball to illustrate how similar defenses could help bridge the gap of security issues that the United States, Canada, and Mexico share a common interest. Leaders of the Trilateral Commission are focused on creating interdependence, cooperation, and eliminating the threat; the regions must consult and cooperation, refrain from unilateral incompatibility and take advantage of international and regional organizations to achieve this common

The United States from 1865 to 1950

1239 words - 5 pages The United States changed dramatically from 1865 to 1950. Many changes occurred in industrialization, foreign affairs, government, as well as in society and culture. The events that took place within this time period helped shape this country into what it is today. Industrial development began with the railroad, with the help of Republican governments, who provided subsidies, loans and tax exemptions to railroad corporations. Over 52,000

Similar Essays

The United States Vs. Mexico Essay

885 words - 4 pages The United States vs. Mexico After an eleven-year war to free itself from Spanish colonial control, Mexico had won but in a sense lost greatly. In 1821, she had to begin the long struggle to rebuild an economic, social, and political stability for the huge mass it now controlled. This area included present day Mexico and what is now known as Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California and part of Colorado. “The new republic

Relations Between Mexico And The United States

2085 words - 8 pages Relations between Mexico and The United States “Poor Mexico, so far from God, and so close to the United States.” -Pofirio Diaz Mexico is one of the most populated and industrialized of the third world nations, yet it remains very impoverished in comparison to it’s northern neighbor. Recently Mexico has been the third largest trading partner of the United States, has become an important exporter of petroleum and plays a

The United States Trade Pattern With Mexico

1659 words - 7 pages America. NAFTA became affective in Canada, Mexico and the United States on January 1, 1994. NAFTA forms the second largest free trade zone in the world, brining together a total of three hundred and sixty five million consumers. NAFTA in a more advanced sight is that it helps the United States become a wealthier society. Many professionals andtechnical workers can profit from free trade, and average incomes will rise, but ordinary people will

Obesity In The United States And In Mexico

1161 words - 5 pages these issues in Mexico contains such behaviors with in society as a whole by drinking soda and eating snack foods. United States and Mexico has a lot of differences and similarities between the two cultures. United States is different from Mexico because in Mexico the epidemics of obesity in adults are growing at a faster rate and has surpassed the United States. In Mexico the health condition rates are 32.8% compare to United States 31.8% of