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 […]

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 […]

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 […]