When Walter Thompson-Hernández heard Chicano culture had spread to Japan, he wanted to see it for himself. Walter: “Who knew the culture I grew up with had a home so far from California?”
Walter Thompson-Hernández grew up in southeast Los Angeles and heard a rumor about lowrider culture had progressed from Southern California to Japan.
The word ‘Chicano’ had negative connotations before the Chicano Movement (The Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s), and still might be viewed negatively by conservative members of certain social groups or communities. However, ‘Chicano’ has gained some acceptance as an identity of pride within the Mexican-American community in the United States. The Chicano Movement countered negative ethnic stereotypes of Mexicans.
The major cities of Chicago and Los Angeles are considered epicenters of the Chicano Movement, along with many other cities, excluding New York.
Chicano Art (Google image search) coinciding with the Chicano Movement developed starting in the 1960s.
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