Established in 1970, the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin is a national leader in teaching, research, and publications in Chicano studies. Reflexiones, its annual review, highlights work in progress by scholars affiliated with the center. It may also include work by other authors and artists who have offered presentations sponsored by the center. Reflexiones 2000 is the fourth volume in the series.
Consistent with the rich tradition of Mexican American studies, the contributors to Reflexiones 2000 hail from a variety of disciplines. Ricardo Ainslie (psychology) reflects on the psychological processes at work in the thick complexity of immigrant worlds and the anxieties that immigration stirs for all concerned. Luis Alvarez (history) argues that Anglo violence against Mexican and African American zoot suiters during the summer of 1943 was primarily a response to the zoot suiters' challenge to Anglo notions of race, gender, and nation. David Montejano (history) interweaves family and urban history in telling of his search for a veteran who in 1945 was brutally assaulted by a gang of Anglo teenagers. Federico Subervi-Velez and Maria de los Angeles Flores-Gutierrez (radio, television, and film) examine the representations of U.S. Latino and Latin American children in Hollywood cinema. Emilio Zamora (history) provides a retrospective look at his work as a historian of the Mexican American community. Other contributions include poetry by Teresa Palomo Acosta and reproductions of a recent series of Luis Guerra's sculptures and paintings.