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Imaginary Orals Questions (a la pocho)

December 8, 2010

Our dear friend (see A Sign of Things to Come), after a long absence, has returned to facebook. He “froze” his account  in order to avoid wasting precious time that could be used to study for orals. Because his orals are not over yet, a few us decided to use his wall to post mock questions. Here is the most recent exchange:

Friend A: Identify and discuss the different political ideologies of the nineteenth century, and compare them across two or three regions. Be sure to include at least one reference to Natalie Portman.

Friend B: Hahahahaha. Awesome. Don’t forget to mention to implications that Madonna’s new fitness class has had in Mexican political culture of the twenty first century. Paying special attention to Mayor Marcelo Ebrard’s presence in such an important event.

Friend C: hahahha..ok, ok…here goes a pocho question…In very little read or cited essay Carlos Monsivais claimed that Mexico, especially the middle class were Bilingual (ay k cool no? super, vamos). Please agree or disagree, drawing on both political and cultural developments (sure, sure u can use the Madonna gym) in at least 3 periods throughout the 20th century and in both urban and rural locations.

Dear reader if you were a professor of pocho studies what oral question would you ask? (please post on blog for non facebook readers to see)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2010 6:52 pm

    ay les va otra: Don Tomas Ybarra Frausto, once told a Mexican reporter, and I am paraphrasing and translating it into English, “Every Mexican has the potential to be a Chicano.” Please explore what you think he meant and situate the conditions of possibility in historical moments (past, present, or future is fine)

  2. December 8, 2010 11:31 pm

    jajajaja que funny. There should a website/social media for PhD students/academics/scholars to exchange work/ideas/projects/anecdotes/pocho-isms.

  3. nick permalink
    December 15, 2010 3:58 pm

    Discuss how Arizona law SB1070 will affect your ipod playlist.

    • December 23, 2010 4:43 am


      • December 24, 2010 12:20 am

        I might need some help from the more musically inclined/literate folks….I imagine the song about Pete Wilson and prop 187 would make a nice come back. Does anyone out there have it? I can’t find in on youtube…

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