Tag Archives: U.S.-Mexico border

Michael Heralda: Passing on a Native Philosophy Through Stories

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Michael Heralda found his life’s vocation in a dusty book bin in a yard sale 17 years ago. But he is neither author nor bookseller. He is a storyteller and a philosopher for our time, fostering people’s understanding of what is and is not authentic in the modern world. “The key to remember is that everyone is indigenous; everyone … Continue reading Michael Heralda: Passing on a Native Philosophy Through Stories

A Latina Writer With Something to Say About Immigration — and Motherhood

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Recently I asked the writer Melinda Palacio whether Latino writers still have something to say in 2011. The question is somewhat rhetorical, but she knew what I was referring to: through the 1980s and 1990s, it seemed like every new literary star was a Latino, and readers clamored for any novel with a slightly exotic accent that evoked peppery cuisines … Continue reading A Latina Writer With Something to Say About Immigration — and Motherhood

Reyna Grande — Mexican Past, American Present

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Updated May 11 — Author Reyna Grande looks off into the middle distance while she thinks about an interviewer’s question. She is mentally traveling in familiar but painful territory, and she seems to want to make sure she picks the correct words. She is in no hurry to answer. Grande, who was at the Autry … Continue reading Reyna Grande — Mexican Past, American Present

No Passport Necessary: How Filmmakers Negotiate the U.S.-Mexico Border

Rodriguez filming El Mariachi in the early 1990s (Uncredited photo)
Rodriguez filming El Mariachi in the early 1990s (Uncredited photo)
Updated Feb. 28 – Hollywood’s preeminence in film often makes it seem as if a sophisticated movie culture can only flourish in Los Angeles. But from their beginning in the early 20th Century, movies proved a creative outlet for storytellers both around the world and next-​door, in Mexico. Mexican and American filmmakers in particular always drew from … Continue reading No Passport Necessary: How Filmmakers Negotiate the U.S.-Mexico Border