Posts in category "Mexico"

Mexican Independence Day in Pilsen

Mexican Independence Day in Pilsen
Residents of Pilsen came out Monday night to celebrate Mexican Independence in Harrison Park. They celebrate with a late night “grito” or cry for independence and with music and dance. It’s a time to celebrate Hispanic heritage with a month of festivities that run from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 in Chicago and across the... Read more »

El Camino: Georgia flea market estilo Mexico

El Camino: Georgia flea market estilo Mexico
Manuel Casados, 50, came to the U.S. 10 years ago with a guest worker visa to pick tobacco in North Carolina. “It was really hard work, a hard life,” Casados said. “There are no breaks and you are hunched over all day.” He left that job after one season and moved to the Atlanta area,... Read more »

MSNBC apologizes over offensive Cinco de Mayo segment

MSNBC apologizes over offensive Cinco de Mayo segment
You may have heard that MSNBC’s “Way Too Early” program embarrassed itself with a Cinco de Mayo segment showing a guy with a sombrero downing a tequila. They invited viewers to a tequila drinking game. Really? It wasn’t funny and MSNBC apologized. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists also condemned MSNBC. Here is part of... Read more »
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Mexico calls me home

Mexico calls me home
Have you ever thought of quitting your job and moving to another country? I did it in 2002. I left my job as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune and moved to Mexico, country of my ancestors, a place that called me home after more than a century. I moved to Guadalajara where I found... Read more »

Al Jazeera America doc examines immigration debate

Al Jazeera America has made an intriguing new documentary series, “Borderland,” that tries to put Americans in the shoes of immigrants. The documentary follows six Americans who retrace the steps of undocumented immigrants who died while attempting to cross the border into the U.S. In this trailer, Alex, a liberal artist from New York, and... Read more »

Immigrant youth won't give up

Immigrant youth won't give up
[View the story "Immigrant youth fight for immigration reform" on Storify]
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Three Mexicans win Oscars

Three Mexicans win Oscars
Alfonso Cuarón is the first Mexican and also the first Latin American director to win an Oscar for best director. Cuarón’s film “Gravity,” a technical achievement with a powerful narrative, won several other Oscars in technical categories. But not everybody in Mexico was cheering for Cuarón. Some criticized him for not making enough films with... Read more »

Fear of immigration

xenophobe: one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially people of foreign origin When I think of fear, I wonder why some people are so afraid of immigrants. Fear, I think, is one reason Congress hasn’t been able to pass immigration reform. Some people fear they will lose their jobs. Some people fear their... Read more »

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 2 days 'til Christmas

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 2 days 'til Christmas
Tamales and Noche Buena. These are two holiday treats I offer you this Festivus. The “rest of us” can enjoy them. This year I did not have time to make tamales but instead bought these at El Milagro. Noche Buena, which translates as Christmas Eve, is a dark Mexican beer sold during the holiday season.... Read more »
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Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 10 days 'til Christmas

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 10 days 'til Christmas
Cantinflas wishes you a Feliz Navidad. The late Mexican actor and comedian was considered the “Charlie Chaplin of Mexico.” He is depicted here in the store window of “No Manches Clothing,” 1800 W. 18th St., in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. There are 10 days ’til Christmas so don’t forget to do some shopping on... Read more »