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Chicano (fem. chicana), originally a term used by native-born Mexicans to describe persons of low class, low education and low morals. The perojative term has been taken on in the United States of America as unifying term for Mexican people that have emigrated to the USA and seeking to solidify their identity in a foreign land. Perhaps because they have not been able to assimilate successfully they have sought to create their own unifying identity.
Likewise, Pocho (fem. pocha) is a term used by native-born Mexicans to describe Chicanos who are perceived to have forgotten or rejected their Mexican heritage to some degree. Typically, pochos speak English and lack fluency in Spanish. Among some pochos, the concept has been embraced to express pride in having both a Mexican and an American heritage, asserting their place in the diverse American culture. The word derives from the Spanish word pocho, meaning fruit that has become rotten or discolored.
- Adalberto M. Guerrero, Macario Saldate, IV, and Salomon R. Baldenegro. "Chicano: the term and its meanings." A Paper Written for Hispanic Heritage Month. Arizona Association of Chicanos for Higher Education 1999 conference Newsletter
- Alcoff, Linda. "Latino vs. Hispanic: The politics of ethnic names". Philosophy & Social Criticism (SAGE Publications). Retrieved December 2011. Check date values in: