Alex Moreno Areyan's odyssey of growing up Latino in white upper-middle-class Redondo Beach in the 1950s presents a story of assimilation different from that experienced by Mexican Americans in larger barrios. His annual white lie" to classmates was that his father got a job up north and the family was moving. They moved, all rightin a 1941 Plymouth with the harvest. In Marysville, Meridian and Mendota, they lived in tents and cars, under trucks and in corrugated tin hovels while picking cotton, tomatoes, peaches, walnuts and plums. The kid once threatened with permanent expulsion from Redondo Union High for speaking Spanish on campus eventually received a plaque from the City of Redondo Beach for writing the Mexican American history of the city. "Beach Mexican" proves the journey wasn't easy."
About the Author
Alex Moreno Areyan is a retired human resources administrator whose books include Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and Mexican Americans in Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach. When Areyan was young he spent several years as a migrant worker.
Table of Contents
1 Redondo Beach in the 1950s 15
2 I Enter the World with the Help of Altagracia 19
3 The Moreno Family and the Mexican 500 27
4 My First Encounter with Assimilation: Beryl Heights Elementary School 39
5 Las Piscas (The Pickings): My Life as a Migrant Farmworker 43
6 Beginning to Feel Assimilated: Hillcrest Junior High School 71
7 Navigating the Assimilation Maze: Redondo Union High School 77
8 College-First in My Family! 101
9 Life after College: Finding Love, Fatherhood and a Master's Degree and Becoming an Author 111
About the Author 123