Saturday, May 16, 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Video: Mexico's street art explosion - Aztec meets urban

"The University on the Threshold of the 21st Century" mural

The middle section of the mural "The University on the Threshold of the 21st Century" ("La Universidad en el umbral del siglo XXI"), by Mexican painter Arturo García Bustos, in the Universidad metro station. 

"Universidad en el umbral del siglo XXI," Arturo García Bustos, 1989

Click here for more photos and a "who's who" guide (in Spanish) from the Metro's website.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Article: In New York, Protesters Against Police Brutality Embrace Families of Mexico’s Missing Students

An unfortunate connection between the two countries I call home:

"Americans and Mexicans have reacted with shock and horror to incidents over the last year that, in each country, have come to symbolize a deadly chasm between the rule of law and the citizens it is meant to protect. On Sunday, Mexican and American representatives of the individual struggles north and south of the border marched side-by-side to demand an end to police brutality."

Read the article, by Cleuci de Oliveira:

In New York, Protesters Against Police Brutality Embrace Families of Mexico’s Missing Students

Monday, May 11, 2015

Video: Tribute to Chespirito by Virtual Choir Vuela Alto

The virtual choir Vuela Alto paid tribute to Chespirito in their most recent video.

Vuela Alto is a nontraditional choir, in that they don't rehearse or perform together. Instead, they learn and record their parts individually, which is later combined into a video of the "virtual" a cappella choir. Homar Sánchez Díaz is the director (and a friend I met while singing in UNAM's choir), and the singers are students at the school where he teaches in the State of San Luis Potosí.

I'll let Wikipedia help me out describing Chespirito, for those of you who aren't familiar with him and his work:

Roberto Gómez Bolaños (21 February 1929 – 28 November 2014),[2] more commonly known by his pseudonym Chespirito,[3] was a Mexican screenwriteractorcomedianfilm directortelevision directorplaywrightsongwriter, and author. He is widely regarded as one of the most important Spanish-language humorists of the 20th century.
He was internationally known for writing, directing, and starring in the Chespirito (1968), El Chavo del Ocho (1971), and El Chapulín Colorado (1972) television series. The character of El Chavo is one of the most iconic in the history of Latin American television, and El Chavo del Ocho continues to be immensely popular, with daily worldwide viewership averaging 91 million viewers per episode.[4]

As far as I know, in the U.S., Chespirito was only shown in Spanish, so it's not well-known to the general population. However, people in Mexico and throughout Latin America (including Brazil, where it was translated into Portuguese) grew up with El Chavo del Ocho (The Boy from No. 8) and El Chapulín Colorado (The Red Grasshopper). (If you're interested, this is an interesting opinion piece in The New York Times, "What ‘Chespirito’ Left Us, " by Ilan Stavns, about Chespirito in Mexico and Hispanics in the U.S.)

Enjoy the video (and probably the cutest group of chapulines colorados you'll ever see!)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Another Spring day at the UNAM

Jacarandas and Tower II

the Central Library 

the Central Library 

the Central Library


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Jardines de Pedregal's International Women's Day Breakfast

Back in March I attended Rotary Club Jardines de Pedregal's breakfast in celebration of International Women's Day.

This year, the club honored the following women:

  • Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, Secretary of Tourism
  • Martha Ortiz Chapa, Chef
  • Margarita Carillo, Chef 
  • Virginia Sendel de Lemaitre, President and Founder of  the Michou y Mau Foundation for child burn victims 

I was named an honorary member of the club and awarded a Rotary pin, for my assistance with a Global Grant project. As an Ambassadorial Scholar, I helped initiate contact, facilitate communication, translate documents, and track the project between Rotary Club Jardines de Pedregal in District 4170 (Mexico) and my sponsor Rotary Club Crescent in District 7690 (North Carolina). Through this project, a small cooperative was formed in Cuautepec (on the outskirts of Mexico City). The members (almost all women) received technical, business, and co-op training, and now make and sell clothing in their neighborhood, providing a local option for employment in a neighborhood where economic opportunities are scarce. Sara Méndez, President of the Co-op, was also recognized at the breakfast.  

with Maricarman Porras Navarro (Jardines de Pedregal President) 

with members of RC Jardines de Pedregal and the Co-Op President 

I had attended Jardines de Pedregal's Women's Day breakfast my first year in Mexico, which you can read about here.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Article: "How the burrito conquered America"

Wondering about the history of the burrito and it's popularity? (An important topics, I know)

Read the article, by Phil Edwards, at Vox: