My name is Cindy Robles, I am a first generation Mexican-American from Santa Ana. I am number three of six children and the first to pursue higher education. I am a Communications major concentrating in Print Journalism at Cal State Fullerton. I fell in love with news writing at the age of 11, when I took my first Journalism class and began writing for The Astro Times at Carr Intermediate, I continued at Valley High School’s The Falcon and The city of Santa Ana’s Youth in Action Magazine. I took my first Chicano Studies course as a freshman to satisfy a General Education Requirement… and I just kept taking more Chicano Studies classes. I felt as though I had been deprived of such great history in my early education. The history of the Chicano in the United States is not one that always been acknowledged and often left hidden in the shadows of this country’s history.
In 2006 I joined Hermanas Unidas de CSUF, a latina based organization that strives for latina success and whose mission is to provide resources and leadership opportunities for predominately latina college students and alumni by participating in and organizing three pillars; community service, academics, and social networking.
It was through a community service when I first volunteered at a Veteran’s Day Celebration honoring Mexican-American Vetreans.It was held at Cal State Fullerton and sponsored by Latino Advocates for Education Inc. It was such an amazing experience to spend a day with such an interesting group. They had so much to say and so many stories to share with us.
This semester I have been given the opportunity to report on a minority group within a minority group which has been historically segregated and often forgotten. Forgotten not only in the history books we grew up reading, but by the media as well. I will focus on Mexican-American Veterans, specifically in Orange County.
There has not been much information available in the past on this subject, but I will collect information from that which has already been published and through personal interviews I will conduct myself. I will not only contribute weekly blog posts, but I will attempt to create some multimedia projects with audio, pictures and/or video.