I always thought a Chicano was a person born in the United States of Mexican decent. Being born in Texas, therefore, I assumed I was considered a Chicana; although when I was younger and watching Blood In Blood Out, I associated a Chicano with someone being a gangster. I did not want anything to do with the image.
I preferred to be called a Mexican American or Latina, which begs the question: what is a Chicano? Is it an image? A stereotype?
Cheech Marin, an actor, director and art advocate, shared his thoughts of what is a Chicano in his first article in a series for the Huffington Post’s Latino Voices.
I want to add that after studying Chicano history, I am very proud to be called a Chicana, although I do not mind being called Mexican American, Latina or Hispanic.
Read more at Huffington Post.