Chapter Seventeen. Tijuana and the Borders of Race

  1. William Deverell Director2 and
  2. Greg Hise Professor historian3
  1. Josh Kun Associate Professor

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390964.ch17

Companion to Los Angeles, A

Companion to Los Angeles, A

How to Cite

Kun, J. (2010) Tijuana and the Borders of Race, in Companion to Los Angeles, A (eds W. Deverell and G. Hise), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390964.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, USA

  2. 3

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of American Studies of Ethnicity at USC, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 5 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405171274

Online ISBN: 9781444390964



  • Tijuana and borders of race;
  • Tijuana-hopping career - of Charles Mingus, 1950s;
  • story of black cultural circuits - and mediations between Los Angeles and Tijuana;
  • birth of vice industry in Tijuana - more gigs for musicians and entertainers;
  • Tijuana, actualized musical - lower frequencies of music and entertainment;
  • gang from Los Angeles - African Americans, heading west to Los Angeles, in search of greater freedom;
  • Eddie Rucker, “one of the highest priced entertainers in Tia Juana” - LA gang playing “non-colored” venues, white-owned Palace Bar;
  • positioning US-Mexico border - threshold of freedom from slavery and Jim Crow;
  • black settlement of Lower California - own brand of libertarian boosterism


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