April 16, 2000
Re "An Incident at Big Bear," April 9: Al Martinez has missed the mark on this one. This incident was not about racism, it was about common courtesy. As a frequent restaurant patron, there is nothing more disturbing than a screaming, out-of-control kid when my wife and I are eating our meal. A meal, I might add, that we have to pay for. The fact that Rafael Gonzalez and Victoria Ballesteros are young, college-educated professionals has no relevance whatsoever, other than the fact that they fit a profile of parents who do not know how to discipline their children and they feel the world is their child's playground, no matter whom they disturb or offend.
January 29, 1995
Margaret Garcia De La Paz is a respected artist in the Chicano community of Los Angeles and beyond. I am privileged to have personal knowledge of her talent, her integrity and her passion for detail because she created " Dos Mujeres ," a vivid painting which became the cover of my first novel, and which I proudly own. What is so controversial about her plans to depict Native American as well as Mexican culture in the design for the Universal City...
January 27, 2014 |
Hubertus von Hohenlohe is hard to miss on the slopes. The flamboyant skier for Mexico's Olympic team calls himself "The Real Prince" and competed at the 2010 Vancouver Games in a series of race suits with wildly colorful designs. Now, Hohenlohe has told NBC OlympicTalk that he will race at the upcoming Sochi Olympics in an outfit made to resemble a mariachi suit. Hohenlohe was born in Mexico but has lived all over the world. He said a recent visit to his birthplace led to a new appreciation for Mexican culture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2012 |
Rolando Zaragoza, 21, was 15 years old when he came to the United States, enrolled in an Oxnard school and first heard the term " Oaxaquita. " Little Oaxacan, it means - and it was not used kindly. "Sometimes I didn't want to go to school," he said. "Sometimes I stayed to fight. " "It kind of seemed that being from Oaxaca was something bad," said Israel Vasquez, 23, who shared the same mocking, "just the way people use ' Oaxaquita ' to refer to anyone who is short and has dark skin.
November 3, 1991 |
The dead came calling at Cal State Dominguez Hills last week. A trail of flower petals guided the soul of Ramona Trujillo to the office of Prof. Miguel Dominguez, where she was serenaded by phantom mariachis and offered tamales, black beans and other favorite foods that adorned a colorful altar. No, it was not a scene from a horror flick, or even a Halloween fright house.
March 12, 2005 |
Most of us are "Something American," but many of us aren't really aware of what the "Something" is. I am Mexican American. My "equation" looks like this: Mexican-born parents raised mostly in the U.S. + my being born in the U.S. = Mexican American. All of my life, I have spoken Spanish (although English was my first language), eaten Mexican food, listened to Spanish-language music and watched Spanish-language TV, including "novellas." So I should feel fairly "Mexican," right?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1994 |
Giselle Partida, 14, enjoys sharing aspects of her Mexican heritage with other people, and she loves to learn about cultures different from her own. Recently, she had a chance to do both. A violinist in a mariachi band, Giselle played Mexican music for an audience at Oxnard's Lemonwood School. And after she was finished, she watched a group of Filipino dancers perform. "A lot of people don't know about each other's culture," Giselle said.
September 27, 1994 |
Juan Enriquez was trying to make a point about Mexican-American biculturalism over breakfast last week when he suddenly leaped up from his bagel and tea. Leading a visitor to his late-model Chrysler--the driver fielding the cellular phone in the back seat--the Mexican entrepreneur set off on a whirlwind tour that he insisted would best illustrate his point.