I am honored that fellow ChicagoNow blogger, Teresa Puente, reached out to me and put me in touch with Myriam, the voice for this post on Mexico. Puente, whose blog is called Chicanisma Chicago, has had a long and distinguished career as a freelance writer, college professor, and journalist. Although she has covered many different stories, she is best known for her writing on immigration and the Latino community. In 2000, Puente was awarded the Studs Terkel Award for coverage of Chicago’s diverse communities.
Thank you so much for your help, Teresa.
Myriam lives in México City where she runs the marketing department of a large publishing house and raises two kids and two cats with her husband.
Please look out a window in your home and describe what you see.
I see buildings, trees, and the mountains that surround the valley in the back.
Which languages do you speak?
English, French, and Spanish.
What do you want the rest of the world to know about your country?
That we will overcome the violence that the government and the corruption have imposed upon us.
Which myth or stereotype about your country is inaccurate?
That we are a bunch of lazy people.
Please tell the world what you think of the issues that arose between your country and mine during the 2016 political campaign.
I am enraged that the political agenda in America denies the importance of migrants from Mexico to the sustainability of America’s economy. I am furious about the racist and ignorant rhetoric on how Mexicans act and live.
What aspect of your culture do you identify with the most?
Joy and color
Please describe your favorite time of year in your country.
My favorite time is autumn because it does not rain and we have extraordinary light and wonderful moons in the night. It is still frisky but not cold. Trees and flowers still bloom.
What brings you joy?
Music, reading, being idle, walking.
What frightens you?
Violence, especially the one targeted against women because of who we are.
If I were to come to your home for dinner, what traditional meal would you serve to me?
Mole, arroz, and frijoles. Accompanied with tortillas, panela and chicharrones as an appetizer.
What does your city/country do well? What do you wish it did better?
My country is amazing for its solidarity, even during times that are tough to survive.
I wish we were better at understanding that democracy and corruption can only be erased if we start by applying these ideas at home, and then in our neighborhood, and then in school, and then… so on.
What is your opinion of the United States?
The United States is a very powerful and complex country. I think it is many nations in one, that struggle to get along, and that have created fascinating cultures, cities, and peculiar ways of life.
For Mexico, the United States is a great beast we are sitting aside, that sometimes behaves nicely, and sometimes bites, but in any case, if affects us with every movement.
Who or what inspires you?
People are my main inspiration. Music, and books. Lots of books, which at the end are kind of people too.
What, in your opinion, are the most remarkable things about your country?
Our capacity for bringing ourselves up despite tragedy. That is the force that keeps this country together.
What ONE word best describes your country and its people?
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