C/LS 19(2) Spring 2020


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C/LS 19(2) Spring 2020

No me pides perdón

No me pides perdón

As has often been stated by Chicana/x, Latina/x, and Indigenous women both before and after the establishment of Chicana/Latina Studies, there is incontrovertible power in telling one’s own story, one’s own truth. Perhaps, no story is more distinctive to the Latina/o/x experience than that of immigration. Over the past two decades, contributors to Chicana/Latina Studies have published scholarship and creative works that address issues of immigration, transnationalism, and citizenship. These pieces honor the subjectivities and agency of the women, children, families, and communities that withstand and prosper amidst the colonial, imperial, capitalist, neoliberal, heteropatriarchical, and white supremacist conditions that are constitutive of U.S.-Mexico relations. (Indeed, it is this capricious and inequitable relationship that triggers immigration from the southern half of the hemisphere to its northern half.) It is a rich corpus of work that theorizes from the flesh in order to understand the trauma, repercussions, and resiliency in an immigrant’s journey. Despite what might sit at the top of mainstream best seller book lists, the pages of Chicana/Latina Studies are a testament to the expertise of Chicana/Latina/Indigenous scholars to tell this particular story and truth, and we encourage all our readers to engage, cite, promote, and learn from both the lived experiences and theoretical conceptualizations that shape this important work.


From a Lone Printmaker to Socially Engaged Artist

Celeste De Luna


Storytelling and Truthtelling in Chicana/Latina Studies

Sonya M. Alemán


Chingona chones y nuevas generaciones: A Reflection on Diosa y hembra

Martha P. Cotera


Transgressing Gender and Sexuality Roles of Mexican Folkloric Dance:

Disidentification in Raíces de mitierra’s 2013 Performanc eof“La mújer de colores”

Marina V. Chavez

Horizontal Contact Zones: Undocumented Latina’s Coalitional Practices During Hurricane Katrina

Maria Paula Chaves Daza

Conocimientos de una maestra: A Teacher’s Path to Healing

Lisa Mendoza Knecht



Remixing: Sampling Memory, Experience, and Words

Patricia Marina Trujillo

South of Living

Kimberlee Pérez

She Had Brown Hands

Angel of Mercy

Tacos de sitio y lengua

Paradigm Shift

Claudia Rodriguez

Predatory Reciprocity and the Politics of Chingona Fierce

Rosanna Alvarez

Si pudiera escribir un poema: Latina fate

Just Life

Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto


Gender and Chicanidad Beyond Borders

Meagan Solomon

Memory Death: Myriam Gurba’s Mosaic of Truth and Trauma

Julianna Loera Wiggins

Building Bridges in Communication Studies: Towards a Social Justice Imperative

Mari Castañeda

La Virgen and the Mexican Catholic Imagination

Pat Zavella