She was a famous working-class, dark-skinned, big-hipped, third generation English-speaking Tejana singer who is considered a cultural hero to some within the Latino community. Her career engendered a unique vision for Tejano subjectivities that spoke to possibilities for transnational conversation between Mexican americans and Latinos south of the border. She mixed cultural influences among her music that allowed her to reach other Latino audiences and also helped establish a third space of Tex
Selenas music crossed over, she didn't originally do Spanish until her father taught her so she was in the space between English and Spanish. Often associated with second+ generation mexican-americans
Jennifer as Selena- significance of her performance
Jennifers performance was significant because Selena was a Mexican-American from Texas or a Tejas while J-Lo was a nuyroican from the Bronx. Although they had similar body types and stories even, J-Lo had to adapt to the ways of Selena for the movie. Things such as dance moves had to be adapted to fit the appropriate persona.
Latinidad: As defined by Frances Aparicio
"the ways in which the entertainment industry, mainstream journalism, and hollywood have homogenized all Latinos into one undifferentiated group thus erasing our historical, national, racial, class, and gender subjectivities"
The tendency to view Latinos as if they were all the same. A Latina actress becomes just that another "Latin Look" rather than begin defined by her unique national identitky. EX: Latin Music Boom was predominately Puerto Rican
Alternative (hybrid) Latinidad
Concept that allows exploration of convergences and divergences in the formation of Latino subjectivity; allows us to explore how nationality have created (sometimes limited) new forms of identification leading to interlatino affinities, desires, and conflicts. Alternative way of creating identity