HIDALGO, CONSUELO ALDAPE DE VEGA

Laura Patricia Garza

HIDALGO, CONSUELO ALDAPE DE VEGA (1903–1982). Consuelo Aldape de Vega Hidalgo, writer, was born on June 10, 1903, in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Her parents were Adolfo Aldape and Petra R. Falcon. According to border crossing manifests, Consuelo came to the United States in 1908 and lived in Laredo, Texas. The 1920 and 1930 federal censuses both list her as living with her family in Laredo. By the early 1930s Consuelo Aldape was living in Brownsville. She married Vincente Vega Hidalgo on May 20, 1950. The 1955 Brownsville city directory listed the couple as residents of Brownsville, and Vincente’s occupation was listed as “salesman.” The couple later divorced.

Consuelo Aldape de Vega Hidalgo wrote in the women's section of the newspaper El Puerto de Brownsville from 1954 to 1959. Her works were also published in other Texas, Tamaulipas, and Nuevo Leon newspapers and magazines like La Prensa of San Antonio; Verdad of Corpus Christi; Verlo Libre and El Heraldo del Norte of Nuevo Laredo; El Porvenir of Monterrey; El Heraldo de Brownsville; Luz y Verdad, Orientación, and Éxito of the Rio Grande Valley. 

She wrote a variety of essays, poems, sketches, and short stories about the experiences of border women and promoted their traditional Catholic role as the basis of family and, therefore, the first and most important connection in the construction of the imagined nation based on the notion of immigrant literature and the "Mexico de Afuera" ideology. In her point of view, the exaltation of Mexican heroes, the teaching of social responsibility, and the appreciation for indigenous roots promoted the idea of loyalty and love for the country of origin without leaving aside the respect for the new nation that had admitted her as an immigrant. Aldape de Vega Hidalgo also criticized the marginalizing treatment of the border by both U.S. and Mexican governments. Due to her perspective about the abandonment condition of the border zone, she was positioned in a situation of cultural rootlessness that would ultimately end, define, and materialize in Chicano ideology. Her perception about hybridity, as a characteristic feature of contact zones between cultures, made her a visionary journalist.  

Consuelo Aldape de Vega Hidalgo, who also worked as a piano teacher during her lifetime, died on January 17, 1982, in Brownsville, Texas, from respiratory failure caused by lung disease. She was seventy-eight. Consuelo, a Jehovah’s Witness, was survived by three sons and two daughters. She was buried in Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens in Brownsville.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Brownsville Herald, January 18, 1982. Laura P. Garza, Jovita González, Adela Vento y Consuelo Aldape De Vega Hidalgo: Precursoras del pensamiento fronterizo (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Houston, 2012). Consuelo  Aldape de Vega Hidalgo, Un incidente del día (Brownsville: El Puerto de Brownsville, 1957). Consuelo Aldape de Vega Hidalgo, Una importante ponencia (Brownsville: El Puerto de Brownsville, 1958). 

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