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What does Chicano mean?
A Chicano is a person who is Mexican American. In other words, it’s someone of Mexican descent who was born in or now lives in the United States, as in Although Jorge loves living in the United States, he remains a proud Chicano, frequently visiting his Mexican hometown.
Chicano is also used as an adjective to describe Mexican American people or things involving them or their culture, as in Rosa loved Chicano food so much that she became a chef and opened a popular Chicano restaurant.
Chicano comes from Mexican Spanish, a language that uses gendered nouns. Chicano is the masculine form, while Chicana is the feminine form. Chican@ and Chicanx are sometimes used as gender-neutral forms.
As with any term that refers to a person’s identity, it is best to ask the person what term they prefer to identify themselves with. Even if a person fits the dictionary definition of Chicano, they might prefer to be identified by another term, such as Mexican American, American, Mexican, Hispanic, or Latino.
Example: The ad campaign was targeted at the city’s large Chicano population, who were proud of their Mexican heritage.
Where does Chicano come from?
The first records of Chicano come from around 1960. It comes from Mexican Spanish by shortening and altering the word mexicano, meaning “Mexican.”
In particular, Chicano was used during the Chicano Movement of the 1960s, which emphasized a Mexican American identity and brought attention to the oppression and discrimination of Mexican Americans. The term la raza, which refers to Mexicans and Mexican Americans, was also used during this time.
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How is Chicano used in real life?
Chicano is used to refer to Americans of Mexican descent and their culture.
Listen to this fresh, fabulous musical take on indigenous, Chicano culture with @lascafeteras.
— NBC Latino (@NBCLatino) November 1, 2016
I’m proud to be a Chicano
— Drizzy Bert (@fishersnet51) May 17, 2020
Spending my time with other chicanos, creating art, it nurtures my soul.
— niña normal (@pinchepelionera) August 22, 2017
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The word Chicano comes from the word mexicano.
How to use Chicano in a sentence
The residents of Barrio Logan, San Diego’s historic Chicano neighborhood, are trying – once again – to finally have a say about what is built in their neighborhood.Barrio Logan Tries, Again, to Determine Its Own Future|MacKenzie Elmer|March 29, 2021|Voice of San Diego
I grew up around a Chicano family and was around Mexicans a lot.True Detective Director Cary Fukunaga’s Journey from Pro Snowboarder to Hollywood’s Most Wanted|Marlow Stern|February 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But they supplement those lessons with specific readings and discussions about the Chicano-American experience.
It had a large Latino and Chicano population, of which I became an honorary member because of my dark hair, eyes, and complexion.
(9 p.m.) Chase away the wintery-mix blues with Chicano Rock!
Chicano rights, rights for disabled people, the whole tradition of civil liberties was created or strengthened by these people.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow