Beach Mexican: Assimilation & Identity in Redondo Beach

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Alex Moreno Areyan's odyssey of growing up Latino in white upper-middle-class Redondo Beach in the 1950s presents a story of assimilation different from that experienced by Mexican Americans in larger barrios. His annual "white lie" to classmates was that his father got a job up north and the family was moving. They moved, all right--in a 1941 Plymouth with the harvest. In Marysville, Meridian and Mendota, they lived in tents and cars, under trucks and in corrugated tin hovels while picking cotton, tomatoes, peaches, walnuts and plums. The kid once threatened with permanent expulsion from Redondo Union High for speaking Spanish on campus eventually received a plaque from the City of Redondo Beach for writing the Mexican American history of the city. "Beach Mexican" proves the journey wasn't easy.
ISBN: 9781609496616
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Series: American Heritage
Images: 43
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Alex Moreno Areyan is a retired human resources administrator whose books include Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and Mexican Americans in Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach. When Areyan was young he spent several years as a migrant worker.
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