Sons of Guadalupe

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EL RINCON DEL MUNDO

The small town of Guadalupe has Spanish history, as does most of the southwest region of the USA. Most of Guadalupe’s jobs center around agriculture.
“El Rincon del mundo” which is what the region was thought of, literally mean the edge of the world in English. The name of Guadalupe is derived from either “La virgen de Guadalupe” or “Rancho de Guadalupe”.

THE SKINNY BEAR

Oso Flaco or (skinny bear) is a salt water lake near Guadalupe, gets it’s name from a story of a Spanish adventurer who kills a bear then eats its meat not knowing that the bear had been poisoned by the local Native Americans. The teens of Guadalupe organize a youth group called “Thee Group B”. “The Group B” has it’s own house band
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THE CARDENA RISING SUN CLUB

Like all the ethnicities of Guadalupe, the Filipinos had many “Sons” go off to fight in Vietnam. The Cardena Rising Sun Club was established in 1926 by Filipino Americans to “bring pride of roots” and create “unity and harmony”.

AUTHENTIC SPAINISH FOOD

“Fantasy heritage” is a term coined by Carey McWilliams to describe the glamorization of Spanish heritage. Being of Spanish lineage was thought to be more desirable than being of Mexican lineage because Europeans were thought to be more distinguished than Mexicans, at least according to the textbooks and literature of the early twentieth century. La Simpatica tried to use this glamorization to it’s advantage calling it’s food “Authentic Spanish food” even though what they served was actually more Mexican than Spanish.

BUD WONG’S EXOTIC CUISINE

Bud Wong’s Exotic Food Palace is right across the street from the Royal Theater. It served excellent Chinese food but since has closed down. Bud Wong became the Mayor of Guadalupe and is one of its most famous residents.

JUAN’S KING FALAFEL

Juan’s King Falafel is the restaurant that replaced Bud Wong’s, but it also shows the diversity of the town of Guadalupe. Which is also what this chapter is about. Many ethnicities co existing in a small California town.

THE MEXICANS ARE COMING

Cheap Mexican Field Hands are sought after in the 1920’s due to restrictions on immigrants from

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