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About josemalamillo

Professor & Coordinator Chicano/a Studies and History California State University Channel Islands Camarillo, CA

White Sox Park and the Formation of a Nonwhite Spatial Imaginary

One of the most popular baseball stadiums in Los Angeles was White Sox Park. Located on the corner of 38th St. and Compton Avenue in South Los Angeles, the 7,000 seat park was the home of the California Winter League. … Continue reading

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futbolistas without borders

LA Times sports reporter Kevin Baxter recently published an article on Mexican American female players going south of the border to play for Mexico’s national team. This article is a follow-up to a previous article (“Athletes without borders” April 1, … Continue reading

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La Raza Tennis Association

Despite the increasing number of Spaniard and Latin American players in professional tennis there are no U.S.-born or raised Latinos or Latinas in U.S. tennis. Finding and developing young Latino and Latina tennis players has been a big challenge for … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Aztecs

The Los Angeles Aztecs was a pro soccer team founded in 1974 by a real estate millionaire, Dr. Jack Gregory, as the newest expansion team of the North American Soccer League (NASL). In 1968 the NASL was the largest professional … Continue reading

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Latinization of Public Parks

Since I was a child my family celebrated Easter Sunday at Arroyo Verde Park in Ventura, CA. This park is situated between two canyons with hiking trails and playgrounds that keep children busy all day long. Over the years I … Continue reading

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Latinos as the “Hardest Workers”

I’m tired of hearing that Latinos and Latinas are the “hardest workers” because of some biological gene or cultural trait. Historically agricultural employers attributed Latino worker preference for farm labor, not because of economic necessity, but because they were genetically … Continue reading

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Soccer Fields are Not Just for Playing

Here is another great example of how one can use sports as an organizing tool. In a recent  Los Angeles Times article, Raul Macias, organized a soccer league but when he could not find soccer fields he entered the realm … Continue reading

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