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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Chicano-Mexicano Relations
Program #

Social Issues
Armando GutiƩrrez
Jorge Bustamante
Mar 29, 1979

Chicano-Mexicano Relations

Jorge Bustamante discusses Chicano relations with Mexico and the issues surrounding Mexican labor migration to the United States. Bustamante begins by discussing Mexican perceptions of Chicanos. Although some wealthy Mexicans continue to perceive Chicanos negatively because of the influence of the U.S. media and racism, there is a growing awareness of the issues Chicanos face and their contributions to Mexican culture, as evidenced by the presence of Chicano literature in Mexico and the discussions surrounding bilingual education for indigenous communities. Bustamante also notes the widespread misconceptions Chicanos hold of Mexican culture and calls for each group to educate the other about their culture and its commonalities and differences.

Bustamante then discusses the issue of undocumented labor in the U.S. He argues that the U.S. mistakenly believes such workers negatively impact labor markets and the economy. He points to studies that show how much undocumented workers contribute to lowering inflation and funding social services through their taxes. In Mexico, some groups see migration as an escape valve that relieves the pressure from widespread unemployment, and he explains that the Mexican government has done little for immigrants because there is no political will. Bustamante also talks about Chicano relations to the Mexican government and their success in obtaining money for scholarship programs for Chicanos to study in Mexico. Bustamante concludes with a brief discussion of the Bracero Program.


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