FLORIDO: But many MEChA alumni have accused current students of misunderstanding the history of the terms, their true meaning. One argument is that Chicano, rather than refer to a specific nationality, refers more to a philosophy of struggle and therefore includes anyone who can relate to that struggle. Diego Paniagua is a graduate student of Chicana-Chicano studies at Cal State Northridge. He says he understands that perspective but also says MEChA has changed in the last 50 years.
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