Maria Pizarro: What can you do with research?/ Reflection

May 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

As I searched for various resources to support my research topic, I came to realize that not all resources are going to have something that supports my topic. Though some database didn’t directly deal with my topic, I discovered that the information found can still be implemented in the research. I also discovered that when doing research, the individual has to take advantage of all the information found no matter if it does not directly tackle the subject. As you proceed with researching, new keywords and ideas arise. For me, as I played around with the keywords every time I looked into a new database, I learned that some databases result with information depending on the type of word used. For example, in one of the databases I got more results when I used Hispanics instead of Mexicans. There was even a couple of times where when I used Hispanics I would have zero results, but when I used Mexicans, at least one item came up. I had better results when I used the computer in the Chicano studies section in the Ethnic Studies Library. I had found dozens of books, articles, some videos, and special books in that library compared to when I used oskicat in my laptop. When I visited that library, I became more interested in Chicano studies and I just wanted to spend all day in that library looking through their collections. I was not able to find resources directly relating to my topic in the Bancroft library. I did, however, find things that can help me answer another question I had come up during my visit to the Ethnic Studies Library. This class helped me learn of all the different kinds of resources and database that is available on campus and online that I did not know about before.

In a non-academic setting, research can be used in various  ways. Research can help find more information on a business, learn the background on a city or park, it can even help map out the economic stability/instability of the United States through out history. Research can also be used to remind politicians or society of how history can repeat itself if forgotten. Research can even help understand the past of an individual as to where did their family come from, why did or didnt they migrate to the states, medical history, family ties and accomplishments/mishaps, etc. Historians are not the only ones that benefit from research. Social workers, politicians, businessmen, even military specifically the Coast Guard.

Maria: Film and documentaries

April 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

Due to accidentally confusing assignment  dates, I visited the Ethnic Studies Library for the specialized libraries assignment today. In my visit, I stumbled upon their video collection, which fortunately I was able to find a film that relates to my research topic. During my visit, as I searched for the type of resources available in the Chicano studies section in oskicat, my topic began to change. I narrowed down my research to, Because Latino history is rarely taught or barely mention in schools or in society, is it causing society to form speculations of Mexicans as inferiors due to the lack of truth and information? I found many books on this topic, but I also found a film called Challenging Hispanic Stereotypes created by Arturo Madrid. Because of assignment confusion, I was not able to watch the film. I am really excited and looking forward to returning to the library to not only continuing reading, but to watch this film. Of the research I did on the video, its a 30 minute film that addresses the issues of stereotypes toward the Hispanic people despite their American citizenship and education. I am expecting for the film to discuss about how stereotypes have contributed to the inequality in the educational system. Madrid being a teacher, I hope that in his film, he discusses the reasons to why inequality in bilingual education occurs and the steps he’s taking to make it known.

Arturo Madrid's film

The second resource I found very intriguing is a picture book titled 500 years of Chicano History, in pics. It is an amazing book that presents the history of Latinos beginning  before the 18th century, depicting the struggles and monumental moments through out history. It is written in both English and Spanish. It begins with a very detailed introduction on why the author created the book as well as information behind some of the collection of pictures. This book is extremely informative, I learned something about my people’s history that I did not know. I had no idea that Mexicans were hanged and enslaved by the Anglo even after my people had taught them how to cultivate the land.  The book provides detailed pictures of corpses hanged; one picture showed a body being left to deteriorate. In the introduction of this book, the author mentions how he created this book to talk about “the true”  histories of Hispanics that have been “hidden” by schools. This book made me wonder if people are misunderstanding Hispanics because they are not being given the entire story behind the struggles and obstacles majority of Hispanics are being forced into.500 years of Chicano History

Maria Pizarro: Visual Resources/Material Artifacts

April 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

500 years of Chicano HistoryFor this type of resource I have two visual resources. One I discovered during my visit to the ethnic studies library, Chicano studies section. It is a book filled with pictures of the history of Hispanics. It shows the hardships they endured for 500 years. This book has been by far my favorite resource because it talks about details that many historians have overlooked. The pictures are extremely graphic and it shows the emotions and struggles of Hispanics. By using visual resources, it is easier to show your readers what you are trying to argue. Like the saying goes, “I wont believe it till I see it”. Visual resources are better resources to use as evidence because pictures can not be alternated (before Photoshop came into existence).  I speak in more detail about this book in my journal titled Film and Documentaries.

The second visual resource I found was through oskicat under pictures/graphics with keywords Mexicans. I had to use that keyword because when I used other key words, nothing will came up. I found Photographs of Agriculture Laborers in California. Reason why I chose this Imprint 1900 resource is because it visually shows how hard-working minorities are. It not only shows Mexican laborers in the field but also their living conditions, ranches, businesses, street scenes, and children. This shows that Mexicans are not lazy as society depicts them to be. It will help society see that Mexicans are humans just as they are;  they are people trying to survive in the world in any way possible because they too have a family to feed, roof, and clothe. Unfortunately  I can only access these pictures in the library by requesting them in advance.

Maria Pizarro: Bancroft I&II

April 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

Unfortunately I was not able to attend neither Bancroft visits due to personal circumstances. Though I missed those days, I did do some research to see if  Bancroft had any materials that can support my research topic. I visited their website and I was astonished with all their collections on Mexican history. I know many of its resources do not directly relate to my subject but I thought about it and they may be used to support another topic that I discuss in another journal. In one of the journals I discuss how many school books do not discuss the history of the Mexican Culture. They talk about other countries such as Asia and Europe history but not Mexico’s. The question I come up with is “Why are school districts not teaching Mexican history? Are they trying to hide something?” By looking through the collections Bancroft Library has can probably help me answer that question. I was able to find some things that can help me with my research topic. I would like to take a look at Mexican Inquisition documents, Register of the Frontline photograph collection 1979-1990: its a bi-monthly newspaper that began on April 1983 whose goal was to “represent the interests and causes of the working class”.

For the Bancroft II, week 9, assignment, I still had no luck finding something new but I would like to go in person and ask the people working there if they can recommend any databases that can help support my topic. On another note, as I read through this semester’s journal entries, one of them caught my attention. A girl, I assume is from the other section, is focusing her research on the subject of cholas. She wants to show how society has a misleading depiction of cholas. It caught my attention because it sounds similar to my research topic. I was able to find a source through oskicat using the key words female+gang+hispanic. I found an article/book tittled Transcending Gangs: Latinos story, their Experience by Liliana C. Rossman. It talks about the meaning behind gang colors, loyalty and respect, and inhabiting the gang. It also includes a personal story of one of the girls.

Maria Pizarro: Oral History

March 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

After visiting the collections of the Regional Oral History Office by subject, I noticed that there really isn’t anything that  relates to my research topic. So I decided to explore the subject Social Welfare History because social welfare is my major. I found an interview with Herman Gallegos on Equity and Diversity: Hispanics in the Nonprofit World. Gallegos gets interviewed about his upbringings in San Francisco during the depression. Growing up during that time, there wasn’t a big population of Hispanics in SF. After WWII more Mexicans migrated to SF. He speaks about the difficulty SF society ad adjusting to new races arriving. There even existed a fear of a race war between Mexican residents and Armed forces personnel. The difficulty of adjusting to ethnic diversity was very visible in his interview. This oral history interview was very interesting and it was very pleasing to finally read an interview from an actual Latino growing up during the depression. A personal perspective told by that individual is more detailed and believable than being told by a second party. I am really glad I found this type of resources because I really enjoyed reading this interview. Who knows, maybe I can find a way to integrate the interview into my research.

Maria Pizarro: Newspaper & Microfishe

March 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

Through ProQuest, I was able to find a very interesting newspaper article that definitely supports my topic. From a newspaper article, a portion from it is titled  Polls Finds Whites use Stereotypes: Racial Groups Characterized in Mostly Negative Terms. It was posted in a New York Times newspaper dated January 10, 1991. It is a survey taken to see how whites perceive minorities. They were asked questions that resulted in “three of four whites believe black and Hispanic people are more likely than whites to prefer living on welfare.” It also resulted that “most whites also believe black and Hispanic people are more likely than whites to be lazy, violence-prone, less intelligent and less patriotic”. As I discussed in another journal, I will be using laws that effect Mexican Americans in terms of education, employment, and etc to show that whites have this false perception of Mexicans being lazy and dumb because they don’t stop to realize that it is because of the lack of education and employment opportunities that Mexicans can not find a job and can not express their intelligence. A book that I had read last semester mention that it’s not that Mexican Americans are dumb, it’s that Mexican Americans can not speak English clearly, so they can not express their knowledge. When they try to, it comes out to sound as if they are not smart because their English syntax and grammar causes it to sound like they are dumb. Also, society does not realize that it is not that Hispanics want to live on welfare, it’s that they have no other choice. Because they can not find jobs due to being undocumented, jobs are not hiring them so they have to find a way to sustain themselves and welfare is the only way to have food on their table. Because I found this article a while back I can not remember the keywords I used to find it.







Maria Pizarro: Online Database & Citation

February 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

Trying to find an online resource through JSTOR was more difficult than I thought. There really wasn’t many articles that came close to be related to my research subject. I was able to find one article that caught my attention. Mexican Americans, Racial Discrimination, and the Civil Rights Act of 1866 by Gary A. Greenfield. It caught my attention because it close reads section one of the civil rights act and it made me realize that having some law resources can help strengthen my argument/topic. When using JSTOR, the right keywords are crucial in getting the right results. I found this article with using keywords Mexican American and Stereotype history. This online article speaks about the “scientific concepts of race and racial classification..the perception of Mexican American in the southwest and the discrimination which Mexican Americans has encountered”.  Finding an article that focuses on the legality of people’s rights shifted my direction of the type of resources I searched for. I might probably begin searching laws that can help give clarity on why Mexicans/Hispanics can not reach social mobility.