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University of Texas at Arlington Center for Mexican American Studies

Works: 3 works in 3 publications in 1 language and 3 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  Music  History 
Classifications: F395.M5,
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Oral history interview with Joe Bernal by Joe Bernal( file )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Joe Bernal begins with his family history and his perspective of the Catholic relgious culture in San Antonio. He recalls his brothers working for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) under the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression on projects which included the Alazan-Apache Courts and the San Antonio River Walk (now the Paseo del Rio). He tells about the family's survival after his father's death, discusses the negative effect of school pressure to speak only English, relates an incident of early gang violence, and praises the sports program at the Mexican Christian Institute (later the Inman Christian Center of the Disciples of Christ). He shares his experiences with race discrimination under a training program at Texas Tech University prior to his induction into the U.S. Army and his transfer to the Pacific Air Command, United States Army (PACUSA). He recounts his experiences in Manila, the Philippines, and in Tokyo, Japan, including Emperor Hirohito's daily meeting with General Douglas MacArthur. Dr. Bernal elaborates on his post-war educational choices and attributes efforts of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) for higher education opportunities in Texas for Mexican Americans. He points to the Good Government League in convincing him to run for public office and to redistricting for aiding his election. He provides details on his election campaigns and campaign finances, and comments on his election opponents David Carter, David Evans, Frank Lombardino, and Nelson Wolfe [sic, Wolff] to whom he lost his senate election in 1972. Dr. Bernal talks about leaving state politics and returning to school administration prior to his election to the Texas State Board of Education. He reports on his meeting in Rio Grande City with Benito Rodríguez who was assaulted by Texas Ranger Captain Alfred Y. Allee, cites the court case against the Texas Rangers in the abuse of United Farm Workers organizer Francisco 'Pancho' Medrano in South Texas, and describes his own confrontation with Allee. He explains the formation of the Mexican American Democrats of Texas (MAD) and of the Tejano Democrats and discusses the Raza Unida party. He mentions such prominent Mexican Americans as Henry B. Gonzalez, Juan Maldonado, Tony Sanchez, Albert Peña, and José Luís Tovar
Oral history interview with Carlos Truan by Carlos Truan( Archival Material )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Senator Truan discusses being raised by a single mother in Kingsville, Texas, and the various jobs he held to contribute to the support of the family and to pay for his college education. He reveals his early exposure to politics and to prejudice in his many successful campaigns for student office. He describes his work as an insurance salesman in South Texas and his active participation in many organizations and actions in support of Mexican Americans. Truan expresses his opinion on the rivalry for leadership of Texas Mexican Americans between Dr. Hector García and William Bonilla. Senator Truan talks about his campaigns as a Democrat for state representative and state senator, provides his reasons for running for the offices, and summarizes his accomplishments in each body. He states his view that the meaning of the Raza Unida political movement is larger than the political party of the same name, and discusses the effects of his political involvement. He attributes his own freedom to be outspoken on political issues to the flexibility of his employment as an insurance agent, and gives succinct answers to questions about Mexican American leadership, Mexican American organizations, and ethnic relations
Oral history interview with Viviano Flores by Viviano Flores( file )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Viviano Flores begins with his personal and family background and recounts his entry into the music industry as a manager. He recounts the failure of the 'Little Joe' club venue, a business venture begun in Pasadena, Texas in the late 1970s to showcase the musical group, Little Joe, Johnny y La Familia. He discusses the start of his own talent agency, Hispanic Talent Unlimited, and his work with the musical group La Mafia in 1987 as their road manager. He tells of his work as a promoter in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and emphasizes learning the legal side of the music business to protect his clients' interests. He attributes the increasing popularity of Tejano music across the United States since the 1950s to the settlement of Mexican-American migrant agricultural workers in major cities, particularly Chicago, Illinois. He gives his opinions of the differences between conjunto, norteño, and Tejano music and comments on the crowd-pleasing performances of guitarist Lorenzo Caballero, singer Isidro Lopez, and late Tejana artist Selena, as well as Selena's role in creating opportunities for women within the male-dominated Tejano music scene. He examines the financial aspects of the music business and mentions Selena's bank the dinos, and her father Abraham Quintanilla, Jr., and his recording company, Q Productions. He notes his work with La Fiebre (The Fever), the New Variety Band, and Naomi/Noemi [sic, Noemy] Esparza and explains the recording options and labels available to Tejano musicians. He explores the possibilities Tejano music artists have to win a Grammy, a Tejano music award, or a Pura Vida Hispanic Music Award and reveals Question Mark and the Mysterians were Mexican American musicians. He talks about scouting bands from South Texas for José Valenzuela to play in Chicago. He comments on a number of Tejano music artists such as Laura Canales, Tony de la Rosa, Paulino Bernal, and Patsy Torres
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