Monday, August 29th, 2016

Song For The Living

*This isn’t exactly a Juan Gabriel tribute, but it’s what film makers might call a reaction shot. You’ll find here a snapshot of the people who loved his music. VL By Diego Renteria, Tell Your True Tale As a teenager, I was part of a mariachi group with high school friends. We performed at birthday

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Love Is Love for Latinos

*More Latinos are in favor of same-sex marriage. No different from the general public. So much for the myth of the socially conservative Latino. VL By Dan Cox, U.S. News & World Report Before Donald Trump suggested that...

Friday, July 15th, 2016

I am not the new white

*Classism among U.S. Latinos? You bet. VL By David Gayton, The Dily Californian (4 minute read) A few weeks back, while walking through downtown Santa Barbara with a good friend, I witnessed an unsettling interaction between a homeless...

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

In praise of Latin Night at the Queer Club

*It’s sad and fantastic at the same time, that so much good writing has come from the Orlando shooting. This is another very good piece of writing. VL By Justin Torres, Washington Post If you’re lucky, they’ll play...

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

This weekend in Washington, the Smithsonian explores cultural crosslines

*The Smithsonian is putting on a celebration of mestizage. The fancy word is “intersectionality,” it’s about where we all come together and cross paths, from an Asian point of view. VL By Eduardo Diaz, Director Smithsonian Latino Center (3.5...

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Hispanic Millennials Saying ‘Adios’ to Spanglish

*An interesting premise. But I’m not sure that millennials opting for proper Spanish and proper English is “turning their back on Spanglish.” Thoughts? VL By Louis Navear, New America Media Hispanic millennials are turning their backs on...

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Rise in English proficiency among U.S. Hispanics is driven by the young

*No surprise. I’ve heard that the immigrant mother tongue is lost in two generations. So many implications here. It’s the reason Univision ventured into Fusion, and bought a chunk of El Rey network. It also invalidates so...

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

This Database Put 150 Years of Mexican and Mexican-American Regional Newspapers Online For the First Time

*This is fantastic! I’ve always maintained that you can’t understand the U.S.-Mexico border unless you’ve lived there. There’s a wealth of stories, data and history in this collection. I’m happy it’s available, there are reports that go...

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Going Home to The Bronx

*I post this because I enjoyed reading it. You won’t find politics here, or any sort of controversy. It’s just a reporter going back to a place he once called home, and remembering people and places and...

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

How Immigration Will Affect American English in the Coming Decades

*If you look with specific intent you’ll find many stories like this one, that tell of the way Latinos are transforming the U.S., as we ourselves are being transformed. I like this story because it’s as fun...

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Gregorio Cortez, the ‘one-man’ gang

*This is the stuff of legend and lore in South Texas. Gregorio Cortez killed two Texas Sheriff’s because of a misunderstanding, a faulty translation of a simple word. It’s a good 6 minute read that traces Latino...

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Getty Foundation to issue $8.5 million in grants for Latino and Latin American-themed shows across SoCal

*This is good news. Latin@ artists are transforming the art world and getting due recognition. It’s being called “an unprecedented series of exhibitions that will add to the scholarship of an under-researched area of art history.” VL...

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

What Does the Future of Spanish Look Like?

*What’s better, selfie or auto-foto? And if hacker and tuitear are accepted by the Real Academia de la Lengua Española, why not troca or googelear? VL By Yara Simón, Remezcla (1.5 minute read) Every three years, Spanish-speaking novelists,...

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

This is Why Mexicans Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

*In case you were wondering. I like this story because it goes beyond the same-old “San Patricios” stories we read every year in Mid-March. This one explains how and why Irish immigrants came to the U.S. and...

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