LatinoHistory and “ADay without a Mexican”
Itis important to take a different look at historical of the issue ofLatino immigrants and their relations with Americans. This is becausemany countries have history but do not view the history as part oftheir present, or an influence to their future. In such a view, nopiece of art captures a satirical look at Mexicans and Latinos likethe movie “ADay without a Mexican.”The movie takes a satirical look at how California would be if allMexican immigrants moved away and withdrew their services. Throughthis look, the movie tries to locate the historical characteristicsof Mexico so as to paint them in the modern life, a modern life thatis captured by the city of California.
Mexicansare the ones who run the city of California and they do so at thecomfort of the Americans. This paints an historical picture of theimportance of Mexican history of handwork and the way they haveworked in America (Gonzalez 200). This is reflected for the city ofCalifornia as the movie contemplates what would happen if allMexicans would leave the city. In a controversial way, the moviedepicts an issue that is not friendly to the immigration departmentsas it invokes the thoughts of how Americans have used Latinos,especially Mexicans. The depiction that Mexicans can leave theAmerican city stirs controversy of whether they are introducing theirhistory in future relations with the Americans.
Thehistory of Latinos seems to be disappearing and cannot be retrievedas the modernity is eating history away. If California was a Mexicancity, the history would just fade away just like the Latino life hasfaded away in the influence of the American culture. With such aview, the movie makes undocumented residents and citizens of the cityto disappear in a mysterious ways into a fog. It is through themysterious fog that the director may be introduces the element of themodern life vanishing into the unknown. All people who matter in thetow, of all occupations such as landscapers, construction workers andbusiness owners are not spared, they all disappear into the fog.
Historically,Americans have used labor and efforts of Latinos to develop theireconomy which explains why Latinos are important. Gonzalez (199)notes that immigration is a topic that is avoided by law makers andleaders in America since it sparks motions of the use of labor fromthe Latino immigrants. The disappearance of Mexicans from all aspectsof life and from all occupations shows clearly that the city willcome to a stand still. Every aspect of life in California that makesthe city’s “California dream” will crash. This means that theAmerican city has always been a dependant of the Latinos.
Gonzalez(201) argues that immigration and in the historical and current timeshas been a debate that has affected the relationship betweenAmericans and Latinos. This is well captured in the movie thatclearly shows how the American California would look like if allLatinos disappeared from the city. The movie reflects the historicaldebate of the use of Latino immigrants to build American economy suchas the “California dream.” the movie reveals the historicalrelations that seem to present a debate that has been and willcontinue to influence the relationship between Americans and Mexicanimmigrants.
Gonzalez,Juan. Harvestof Empire: AHistory of Latinos in America.PenguinGroup US, 2011.