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UNSETTLING RACE, COLONIALITY, AND CASTE: ANZALDÚA’S BORDERLANDS/LA FRONTERA, MARTINEZ’S PARROT IN THE OVEN, AND ROY’S THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS José David Saldívar

This comparative essay on Chicano/a and South Asian narratives has a somewhat sweeping character. It is a preliminary attempt to link pensamiento fronterizo (border thinking) in Chicano/a Studies and realist interpellations of the subject and the politics of unsettling the coloniality of power on a planetary scale. Pensamiento fronterizo emerges from the critical reflections of (undocumented) immigrants, migrants, bracero/a workers, refugees, campesinos, women, and children on the major structures of dominance and subordination of our times. Thus envisaged, pensamiento fronterizo is the name for a new geopolitically located thinking from the borderlands of Americanity and against the new imperialism of the USA.1 Pensamiento fronterizo is a necessary and affiliated tool for thinking about what the Peruvian historical social scientist Anı´bal Quijano calls the ‘coloniality of power’ and identity at the intersections (los intersticios) of our local historias and the double logics of capitalism and the cultures of US imperialism.2