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“ … Walking in the Dark Forest of the Twenty-First Century”

(p.201) Conclusion
Chicano Nations
Marissa K. López
NYU Press

This concluding chapter argues that the fight against racism and injustice is a global, historical struggle, and that everyone—Chicanas/os, Anglos, world citizens—is involved in a global network within which the tug and pull of these small battles that became more visible and pressing post-9/11 can be felt. It also argues that Chicana/o literature's national imaginary has been inseparable from a global and hemispheric perspective. What some refer to as postnationalism, or transnationalism is not a contemporary phenomenon, but part of Chicana/o literary history. Though such perspective may not be contemporary, it has its most compelling articulation in the work of La Pocha Nostra-a transnational multi-ethnic artists' “laboratory” organized by Guillermo Gómez-Peña. In all its projects, La Pocha Nostra seeks to create more open, fluid, and tolerant communities defying dysfunctional or dated notions of identity, nationality, language and art making.

Keywords:   racism, Chicana/o literature, postnationalism, transnationalism, La Pocha Nostra, Guillermo Gómez-Peña

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