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Monday, February 6, 2017

Week 5: Otro Corazon

The Otro Corazon conference last Friday was a heartwarming experience that showed how a community can form from the love of art, in this case, Chicano/a art. I was touched by every person's story about their connection to Tomas and how his work and life positively affected their own lives.

In one part of the conference, rasquachismo was brought up. I first encountered this term in the Chicano class Barrio Popular Culture. It is something that brings up remnants of home and family that I did not realize were rasquache until this word gave them a definition. Tey Marianna Nunn spoke how, "I am rasquache, rasquachismo is with me." I found this especially indearing since the phrase is meant in more of a spiritual level (Star Wars reference) therefore this kind of phrase is created through pride in ones culture. In addition to this, her story about how her museum's galleries  are literally constructed out of nothing shows how challenging it can be to be rasquache.

David Zamora Casas said proudly that to be rasquache was that "the simple things were flamboyant." Flamboyant is defined as "tending to attract attention because of their exuberance, confidence, and stylishness." In my opinion he meant that being rasquache is not something to be ashamed about, and if someone is going to be rascuache, then do it proudly and most importantly to make sure that such work is noticed and appreciated.

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