(Re)Learning to teach: Using rasquachismo in the South
From one coast to the other
On July 13, 2015, I waved goodbye to my parents, smiled at my wife in the passenger seat, and coolly started the drive from Madera, California, to Columbia, South Carolina. Although I had lived up and down California, spent un verano in Mexico, and traveled to many places across the world, I had never taken un viaje quite like the one that lay before me. I was to move across the country, to a strange land, not for a couple weeks or a few months, but for years, perhaps even a lifetime. With each passing mile things grew more foreign: the awe-inspiring vistas of New Mexico, the unpaved roads of western Texas, the French welcome sign in Louisiana, the “Mexican” restaurant in Alabama, and finally the vibrant greenery of the Carolinas. The first weeks in our new home, Carolina del Sur, did little to remove these foreign feelings. I simmered with anger at the sight of each Trump bumper sticker. I missed the regular calls and visits with mis abuelos. I complained...
I would like to thank Jesús Tirado and Will McCorkle for their insightful comments on previous drafts of this essay. I would also like to thank Payal Shah for encouraging me to write about my conception of rasquache. Finally, Araceli Hernández-Laroche and Sophia Rodriguez deserve special thanks for their constant support in helping me tie together my scholarship and advocacy.
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