etymology of chicano

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Apr 28 19:29:43 UTC 2013

On Apr 28, 2013, at 3:20 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard wrote:

> During the Falklands War there was "Falklands" vs. "Malvinas." At the time I saw a cartoon which showed two men in a bar. One has turned a bit aggressively to the other, saying (as best I remember):
> "I call it the Malvinas. Wanna make somethin' of it?"
> --------Gerald Cohen

Does anyone else remember when the Hoover Dam/Boulder Dam changed its name depending on the administration in Washington?  Or I am misremembering (again)?

> Laurence Horn  wrote, April 28, 2013 10:36 AM:
> On Apr 28, 2013, at 10:23 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>> no name satisfies all the concerned parties
>> This has become a common problem as the world becomes more postmodernist
>> and paranoid at the same time.  For example, whichever you choose -
>> Kossovo, Kosovo, Kosova - you will annoy or anger someone.
>> JL
> Or, in the Chicano Studies domain, cf. Hispanic vs. Latino/a.  And then there's American Indian/Native American/First Nations/Indigenous Peoples/...
> LH
>> On Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 10:13 AM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:
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>>> On Apr 28, 2013, at 6:34 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:
>>>> I assumed the Chicano Studies programs that began sprouting up in the
>>> 1970s at California universities involved reclamation/reappropriation, as
>>> in the more or less contemporaneous (or later?) Queer Studies.
>>> the first *courses* on gay and lesbian studies appeared in roughly 1970,
>>> but university *programs* in gay and lesbian (or lesbian and gay) studies
>>> didn't come until the late 80s (CUNY in 1986, City College of San Francisco
>>> in 1989).  many of these programs are still called G&L (or L&G) Studies.  i
>>> don't know when Queer Studies programs (so called) first appeared, but it
>>> was probably in the 90s.
>>> Ohio State has a Queer Studies program as an area within Gender and
>>> Sexuality Studies, and Stanford has Queer Studies within Feminist Studies.
>>> naming these things is hell; no name satisfies all the concerned parties.
>>> arnold
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