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Richard Rios

Richard Rios is a retired English and Chicano Studies teacher after 33 years at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. Born in Modesto in 1939, the son of Mexican immigrants, he graduated from Modesto High School in 1957. He went on to study art at the College of Arts in Oakland, earning an Master’s Degree in 1962. He began teaching at Delta in 1972. In 1985, he received a Master’s Degree in English at California State University, Turlock. He was inducted into Stockton’s Mexican American Hall of Fame in 1992 and received the S.T.A.R. (Stockton’s Top Artist) Award in 2008. He is a founding member of the Artistas del Valle and the Mexican Heritage Center and an editor and contributing writer to “Joaquin” magazine. An artist, he plays guitar and sings, writes poetry, and is author of the book “Song From the Barrio: A Coming of Age in Modesto, Ca.” (available in Kindle edition & on Amazon.com), a collection of stories and poems about his life growing up in a small Mexican barrio in south Modesto during the 40s, 50s and 60s. He is a regular speaker, performer and organizer for various cultural events in the Stockton area. Visit more of Richard’s writing at www.chican-izmo.blogspot.com.

Some Thoughts on Veteran’s Day 2015

I never thought of myself as a veteran, though I served in the US Army for three years from 1962-65. I assumed that “veterans” were those who had fought in wars. I enlisted in 1962, at age 24, right after college. We had the “draft” in those days, so since I was single and unmarried [...]

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English Only Señor: The Burial and Disinterment of “Mr. Spanish”

     I recently watched “The Children of Giant”, a documentary on the making of the 1958 Hollywood blockbuster, “Giant”, directed by George Stevens starring Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean, in the last film before his tragic death. The story was based on the controversial novel (1952) by Edna Farber, about unscrupulous Texas cattle [...]

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Chicano Community Program KUOP 91.3 FM: 1973-1983 “The Mario Hernandez Years”

I recently did a series of three articles in “Joaquin” Magazine on the history of Chicano Community Program, “This is Your Chicano Community Program “The Ed Ramirez Years” (June issue), “The Mario Hernandez Years” (July issue), and “The Cho & Lo Years” (August issue). It was my privilege to have worked in one capacity or [...]

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    “AS THE BARRIO TURNS AND THE MENUDO BURNS….”  During the 1980′s one of my students brought me a cartoon drawing he had made of two barrio vatos,“Cho & Lo” (Cholo) asking what I thought of turning them into live characters. At the time, I was teaching Chicano Studies at Delta College in Stockton [...]

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May Issue of Joaquin Magazine is Out!

Check out our online version of our magazine, Joaquin. Take a moment to read my own article inside titled “Damn That Horse.” The featured artist of the month is Maceo Montoya and we’ve used one of his pieces for the cover. http://issuu.com/joaquinmag/docs/joaquin32

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“ORALE – CHECK THIS OUT” POETRY READING AT HAGGIN

Stop by the Haggin Museum this Thursday, May 7 at 7PM to hear a poetry reading by three local poets in honor of the current exhibit of Photos of Mexico.

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Bobby Laird to Perform at Delta College

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Join Mexican Heritage Center for Breakfast Honoring Cesar Chavez

FIFTH ANNUAL Remembering Cesar Chavez Breakfast SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Featuring Special Guest MACEO MONTOYA who will be displaying artwork $25.00 | person MEXICAN HERITAGE CENTER & GALLERY 111 S. Sutter Street, Stockton, CA 95202 Maceo Montoya grew up in Elmira, California. He comes from a family of artists, including [...]

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February Issue of “Joaquin” Magazine is Out.

The February issue is now available online at the following link. It focuses on the continuing issues surrounding recent attempts at Immigration reform. It also feature the work of Chicano artist, Malaquias Montoya, including one of his pieces on the cover. http://joaquinmag.com

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January Issue of “Joaquin” Magazine is out.

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