Collective Memory and Borders
While the concept of nations is modern, the actual physical and geographical space of borderlands carries generational scars of collective memory and identity. The political character of the border as a wound materializes in a wall with sentiments of nationalism, protectionism, and absurdity. Most Latinas/os living in the United States are deeply marked by the notion of border. The concept of the border as material or ideological barrier is part of our identity. As protagonists of Latina/o history it is up to us to define and preserve jointly that memory however we choose to remember.
Tavera, Xavier, "Collective Memory and Borders" (2019). Latino/Latin American Studies Lectures. 25.