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so because of that why think i have to write about the split his hyphen ization just live in two worlds that cheetos and the coroner was aware that was actually are we didn't mean he called we never really had an apostle newborn a bus or the kids because it's important have american citizens in order for immigrants come were there how can get to meet residents but i still wanted to mexico so scott and it's this vicious kind of juncture between two worlds and so that experience goes with t and we go you're always going cross border was breaking war heroes living between two land into ideas into molds are always like caught between two different things and i think that though some former model might work deals with whelan and i remember that has to do with having your children born in india in their states is that another mattie kahn is one way to the ninth month to have that baby a summer
would just run over like crazy grab the horses that paulson the us side does have their baby fat on the payment as long as they could have easy was pointed to mean that's correct the way that life was the being in the us i was a treasure something that you work for but it didn't mean that you love bean market and then to do with that no economic stability maybe cars that nobody wants to stop in mexico it is why begin to realize that that means that we're not so much an american phenomenon really an international one i think that we have to live globally horrible who we are our literature for example should should be recognized as the international world literature not just one of the american reality because i think it straddles two realities in his travels the world ending as they discuss the first woman her world i think we got to be seen as a
world mr poe post colonial literature lead to the african writing as it came out of the last to work to be to native americans and it struck americans we have to just bratton who we are people were getting they'd been estranged from it have been in it are from it the voices that they knew growing up the voices of their ancestors the voices of the families they get diminished and menacing go to school go to work and gentle voice is good lesson a lesson i think people are looking to get back to them looking to get back again to some routes to some some confirm something real something familiar in the land our history our men ways he's a danger going back to because they if they kind of a ruthless again to kind of bring us a substance intend to believe that we need
i think i think it serves our own channels for different reasons in many ways it's for them an avenue like that there in the tunnel something that they can see that they ain't they can do regardless of their experiences they could be in prison could be awhile from others that they can relate to this literature that is their literature and they can contribute to it and that's as chicanos gain a lot from the kind of writing that i do now but i also think that other people his country again because again it gives it uses in this country gives us something that week all hang onto i do readings in chicago with polish immigrant to do it with white workers from this from them you know oklahoma do among african american homeless people and on them find a connection on them can relate to what i'm getting that even if i'm talking about chicano experience they can all find something that's
real for them so i think anybody can benefit from this work i think an isa be the point being that it shouldn't just be concerned american literary art form i think she got a writing has connections to the hemisphere to native americans throughout the americas it has again a post colonial type of literature you know an honorable autobiography us family stories stories from the naval it's nobody knows anti colonial type positions i think that's why it should be considered as part of the new world literature cannon kerry yes definitely i think is very important to make those links it so it's important for waffles up or eat i had started to release in latin america as
many central american and puerto rico and i've got to mexico a plan too my plan is to go to mexico and two more readings and talk to more people there's a lot of great literature come out of mexico right now this is big that's impolitic renaissance interviews talking about the requests won the nobel prize and that is a lot more autonomy he called them the world is beginning to take notice i think we need to make a penny penny that we need a dialogue we need to relate that spouse hear them he covers their c word it under two names but also work a separate i think it's important that happen how sweet and kind can a fireplace again again in this world literature this candidate i'm talking about i think we need to do this otherwise we separate ourselves or limiting out what i think the power is behind her the polls because you think that this report
yeah i think that's really the best thing to most of the palms retooling us are based on political somebody put a border writer right some he said when she crosses one completely different and then from the other side desert superiority inferiority relationships between these two countries that has to change and i think that we have to be open we have to go to the process which you say is paid for think it is but we have to talk we have to find their way as more common between us and there is distinctions which are you know to the thirties and we knew what we were talking about in life and all the color pink what comes through here is our history we didn't when i just that immigrant people like a year of coming over here this is really our man it's been alone historical
would come back to our own land and i think that it's always with this that his legacy doesn't die it keeps cohen swing at us no matter where we're at it comes from oh from the four years that it's been our manic comes from the fact the mexican war happened and then i was taken away because of it was that second class citizens in the whole southwest region saw him that just can't help would be part of what i do i think the more aware you are of it the more you can address a bass line was nothing more than saying that this land is a coronal man in nice to be free independent sovereign there it used to belong to mexico and yet now it's been taken away and i think it's important to address that even if it's not the red hot issue collector was perhaps a few years ago it still comes at us the more where we are that there were going to be a wartime say
yep pretty much getting all my work out deals with is to argue that we live sitcom was in on knowing that we've been here longer than most anybody else are native our heritage conferences to the land and yet were treated like strangers second class is this a are the treatment we don't belong so i think it's in it cause he keeps coming through the work he's been through creeks bays
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Interview with poet Luis Rodriguez
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Poet Luis Rodriguez answers questions from an interviewer (who cannot be heard on recording). Regarding how his Chicano identity influences his poetry. Immigration is a key theme.
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Interviewee: Rodriguez, Luis J., 1954-
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