Rebecca Dominguez- Karimi Media


Feminist writer Gloria Anzaldua states that: “Culture is made by those in power—men. Males make the rules and law; women transmit them.” In the radio memoir, La Morenita, gender roles are defined and women occupy the lowest status. This program highlights that for the Latina female, the concept of obeying those in power cuts across racial lines—right or wrong, rational or irrational. When a young Mexican American schoolgirl is ordered to stop speaking Spanish, the child finds herself straddling the border of two cultures. Under the cultural imperative that she must obey, she struggles, not desiring to succumb to the Anglo power structure because it robs her of her cultural identity. White society imposes its frame of reference on her, robbing her of her essential personality. The little girl in the memoir desires to be herself—Mexican and American—to find her place in society—to find her voice. In the end, she regains what she lost—through the process of self-discovery—and succeeds in finding a niche within her bifurcated world. (Time: 16:24)