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The Interpretation and Representation of Latino Cultures: Research and Museums Conference Documentation
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Chew Sanchez, Martha Idalia

Challenging Traditional Curatorial Practices

Historicizing Narratives

Borders and Diasporas

Aesthetics Beauty

The Body: The Real and the Symbolic

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“Cultural memory in the rituals of the Mexican diaspora in the United States: the role of the corridos about immigration played by conjuntos norteños and the aesthetics of the bailes norteños

The purpose of the present study is to explore the role that corridos about migration sung by conjuntos norteños, play in shaping the cultural identity of part of the Mexican diaspora living in the United States. In particular, this study attempted to explore the shared aesthetics, social roles, values and construction of cultural narratives that are embodied in corridos about migration as well as in the experiences of listening, dancing and performing corridos performed by conjuntos norteños. This study is particularly relevant because intercultural communication has devoted little attention to musical cultural expressions, particularly folkloric songs and performances.  The present study explores the role of music in shaping cultural identity through the experience of listening to, dancing, and singing corridos

The present study examined cultural expressions that Mexican migrants maintain, create and perform in the United States. The study found a high level of congruence between the personal life experiences of Mexican migrants in the United States and, the content of the corridos about immigration and organizing of communities for the performance of corridos. Second, the part of the Mexican diaspora community that consume corridos and norteño music exercise a great control and autonomy over the content of the corridos, the manner of their dissemination, the place where the corridos are played, and the performative act of the corrido.

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