Pachucos were cultural rebels in that they sought to express their unique individuality and identity. In the 1940s, there was still a lot of racism and discrimination against Mexicans in the areas of housing, employment, and education. There was probably great social pressure at the time for Mexican-Americans to keep quiet and "assimilate."
The pachucos, in wearing flashy/baggy suits, chose instead to celebrate and proclaim their unique cultural identity as Latinos. Some scholars have traced the pachucos as forerunners of the Chicano/Brown Pride movements of the 1960s and 1970s.
|"Pachucos" by Emigdio Vasquez|
Unlike the pachucos, punks were not rebelling against racism (well, some of them were). Instead, they were rebelling against a culture that had lost its edge, against political hypocrisy, against the shallowness of the music industry. In many ways, punks were the cultural descendants of Bob Dylan. They were the voices of protest in the age of Ronald Reagan.
|Darby Crash of The Germs|
But I know of, and like to consider myself a part of, a growing counter-culture of people in the OC who don't own cars and choose to ride bikes, despite the obstacles. Reasons for choosing not to own a car and instead ride a bike include: cost savings (no insurance, repairs, gas, registration, etc.), concern for the environment (bikes have zero emissions), health (riding is good exercise), and a desire to be a part of a community (cars encourage social isolation. bikes force you to interact with people).