Monthly Archives: September 2013

Los idiomas (Languages)

“El problema es el idioma” (“The problem is the language”). I have heard that phrase so many times in different contexts that it frustrates me and makes me suspicious of whether that is the true problem or just an excuse. … Continue reading

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Languages (Los idiomas)

“El problema es el idioma.” Lo he escuchado tantas veces que me frustra y me pregunto si es el problema real o solo un pretexto. En los EUA dicen: “No puedo conocer a los Latinos que viven en la ciudad … Continue reading

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Los hijos ausentes y presentes (The Absent and Present Children)

“Los hijos ausentes” evoke fond memories in their communities of origin. Those who went away, who left for the Norte. As much as in the US we think of migration in general terms and broad sweeps of countries, on this … Continue reading

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La azotea (The Rooftop)

“This is my special place,” she declared. “When I look out from here and see the palm trees, they remind me of Phoenix.” My friend had led me up to the rooftop of her house, her place of peace, reflection, … Continue reading

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Cruzando la calle (Crossing the Street)

Until I start field work, I go each day to an office at the Center for Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) to read journal articles, contact possible leads, and prepare discussion guides. Surprisingly, the house where I live is … Continue reading

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