CHICANO 10A

Introduction to Chicana/Chicano Studies: History and Culture

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Jose Aguilar Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Eric Avila See Full Profile

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Professor Avila can be a bit challenging, but if you are interested in the subject, it is all worth it. There are a lot of readings, but most are interesting, and the work is do-able. The final was a take-home essay. I didn't agree with some of the points he made, but overall, he is very well educated and his main point is to make you THINK. So if you are willing to work hard, and actually learn, take his class. :]

Feb. 7, 2009
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Genevieve Carpio See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 4.4 Workload 3.6 Clarity 4.9 Helpfulness 4.6

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This is an easy GE, but it is very engaging and interesting. Professor Carpio does a great job planning lecture. Lectures are engaging for the most part, very organized, and easy to follow. There is a good amount of reading, but I almost never did the reading because we went over it in discussion and Professor Carpio would also talk about it in class. Your grade is based on 4 things: the midterm, a zine project, participation (going to discussions) and a final. The midterm was 2 parts: keywords and short answers. There was a lot to study for this but it was manageable and there wasn't harsh grading (I got a 98 and just studied the night before). The zine project was also very easy but did require some work and creativity, but again was graded pretty easy. (I'm not artistic at all and got a 100). I attended every discussion but probably talked a total of 4 times and still received a 100 for participation. Professor Carpio was very understanding of the coronavirus crisis at hand and made the final optional, so I did not take the final! I ended up with an A+ in the class and only put in work when there was something graded due! I also had Rachel as my TA and she is such a caring human! Take this class!

Winter Quarter 2020
Alicia Gaspar de Alba See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.8

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Haha... I don't usually write anything here, under the assumption that all of the things that go in here are just opinion. I decided to write something here because of the previous review, stating that the class was just too hard and biased.

Really? Hard? You're in college! You're at a top notch university, ranked high in the nation. You expect easy classes? Maybe UCLA isn't for you. I've had classes where the reading load has been much more intense than this class, so I really don't know what you're talking about. All I can say about this point is to grow up, and start reading. That's why your parents are paying for college, after all, right?

Biased... the professor had stated in the first class that this would be a counter-hegemonic class, that there would be some parts that would make people really uncomfortable, because it could be perceived as going against something that they value so much. Needless to say, she has reasons for doing this. As a Chicano, who do you think feels this way when the education system tell him that Mexico "sold" its land to the US, that "Mexicans" are foreigners (despite many of them being in the US longer than whites), that they are aliens, that they suck up resources, that they are burdens, that their use of Spanish is retrograde, that they should forget their customs and learn America's. How do you think people feel when they're told all this crap? Obviously, they feel pretty bad. They're probably the same feelings you feel when we speak badly about the US. Hence, it's a counter-hegemonic class that makes the person who is discriminated against feel proud of his or her history, that his or her history isn't the result of laziness or meaninglessness, but rather the work of so many historical processes that have made Chicano history invisible.

Not all whites do the things that colonizers do. But colonizers, as whites, do impose hierarchies based on race, class, and gender. That's the difference that you're forgetting to notice, and that's why you're taking things so personal. Think about the class on gender... how do you think guys feel being told they oppress women? I can speak for myself... I feel uncomfortable that my privilege puts women in a lower social position. That's an open mind.

And your idea of all of this being opinion... who's to say the education you received isn't opinion as well? American ideals of freedom, liberty and equality certainly sound great. But how can these principles not be opinions, especially in the face of discrimination, slavery, and exploitation. History isn't written in stone. It's all based on interpretation (written by the victor, if you will). You cannot yell out "oh that's your opinion," without automatically making your ideas and your history "opinion" as well. This simply puts us in a cycle of endless talk, that gets us nowhere.

If you feel that you have to speak to defend your race and country (which is my country as well, I was born here), fine. But no one is "egging" you to hate America nor hate whites, but to be alert of how being non-white leads to an presumption of being un-American. You have never been questioned, and you probably never will because of your race. This isn't your fault, however. You didn't ask for this treatment--you certainly didn't earn it by being a member of a certain group. What you should take from this class is the tools that allow you to look at these things critically, and to realize that everything you have come to value (your house, car, computer) is simply a result of history. Think about this... if the US would have left Mexico alone, do you think you'd be living here? Probably not, right? It's not your fault, but it doesn't hide the fact that these things didn't happen.

OVerall, I can only say good things about Gaspar de Alba. This class hasn't been my first experience with Chicano theory, but her clarity is certainly reinvigorating and mind-opening for those who have no experience with such classes.

Dec. 5, 2011
Gabriela Gomez Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Overall 4.2 Easiness 4.8 Workload 3.5 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.5

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Nice teacher just boring class. Super easy, barely any workload

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Alma Lopez Gaspar De Alba Full Profile > 4.0 Overall 3.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness
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Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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Maria Pons See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 4.0

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The professor had a pretty thick accent, but overall it was an easy class. There was lots of reading, but for the most part I slept in class and skimmed the readings. There was no final for the class, but there was an 8 pg paper. I ended up with an A despite my lack of input.

March 17, 2010
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