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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 minute read) “I never knew anyone else like me, going through the things I went through, not fitting

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...

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Chicano Art: Jose Montoya’s Restless Abundance

*Montoya was the founder of the Royal Chicano Air Force, originally called the Rebel Chicano Art Front the acronym gave way to a name change and the locura that it engendered. He and his art collective were...

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Mixed Marriages Causing US Hispanics, Asians to Integrate Faster

*This is a major force in the “browning of America.” And it makes sense, because Latinos are of mixed and many races to begin with. This isn’t to say that there aren’t Latino bigots, they exist, but...

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Is speaking Spanish necessary to be Latino? Most Latinos say no

*Here’s what’s cool and annoying about this, at the same time. It’s annoying that Latinos have been bickering about Spanish being required to be Latino thing for generations, and it’s cool that someone bothered to study it...

Friday, February 19th, 2016

The most lavish Quinceañera San Antonio has ever seen

*55,000 square foot structure at Six Flags, Pit Bull, Nick Jonas. It was an intimate little party . . . VL By Madalyn Mendoza, MySA (1 minute read) San Antonio attorney Thomas J. Henry threw quite possibly one...

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