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Presentation Title

The Mexican Diaspora to Chicago

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Juan P. Esquivel '14, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Young 111

Abstract

Mexican labor was actively recruited by Chicago businesses in the early 1900's. This was particularly true for the railroads, meat packers, and steel industry. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, Mexicans came searching for a better life, especially when the green card became a valid identification card in Illinois. As a result, many Mexicans settled in the Chicago area. Many Mexican immigrants to Chicago have taken advantage of the educational and work opportunities in this region. However, at the tertiary level many Mexican students continue to struggle with identity, culture and language. This paper explores the Mexican diaspora to Chicago and, more specifically, college students of Mexican descent and their experience as a second-generation immigrant and first-generation university student.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-8-2014 10:40 AM

End Date

4-8-2014 12:00 PM

Panel

Panel: Latino Migration and Its Impact on Identity, Values and Income

Field of Study for Presentation

Spanish

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Apr 8th, 10:40 AM Apr 8th, 12:00 PM

The Mexican Diaspora to Chicago

Young 111

Mexican labor was actively recruited by Chicago businesses in the early 1900's. This was particularly true for the railroads, meat packers, and steel industry. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, Mexicans came searching for a better life, especially when the green card became a valid identification card in Illinois. As a result, many Mexicans settled in the Chicago area. Many Mexican immigrants to Chicago have taken advantage of the educational and work opportunities in this region. However, at the tertiary level many Mexican students continue to struggle with identity, culture and language. This paper explores the Mexican diaspora to Chicago and, more specifically, college students of Mexican descent and their experience as a second-generation immigrant and first-generation university student.