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This 1946 educational film from Encyclopædia Brittanica presents a period look at immigration to the New World. “Negroes” are mentioned once, Native Americans are invisible, and Mexicans don’t show up until the very end, but it’s an interesting film pitching the “nation of immigrants” meme. Good public schools are important for the Melting Pot, they note, the quest for freedom brought many persecuted refugees here, Congress started blocking “undesirables” (Asians, Southern and Eastern Europeans) in 1924, and yet there’s the Statue of Liberty who lifts her lamp beside the golden door. History: You’re soaking in it.


Hoe vouw je een burrito? Good question!

[Relax. You’re not going crazy. How do you fold a burrito? is a silent video. In Dutch. From Belgium. They speak two languages there. The other one is … French.]

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In her new music video Borders, Brit rapper M.I.A. (Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam) says “No More Deportations” — #Not1MoreDeportation –– for the refugees.


Lennart_50_sSwedish composer Lennart Clerwell (photo) wrote Mexican Bodega, a perfectly lovely “surf guitar” instrumental ballad that seems to have been covered by every middle-aged Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish and German guitarist on YouTube.

It’s a sweet tune, as Tibor Slamovits shows in this video. We don’t know how or why the composition got its name — in Mexico a “bodega” is a warehouse, not a tiendita or “little shop” — but if this song reminds you of a bodega near you, go there now and buy or store some stuff.

Mexican artist Hector Zamora: Reality and other deceptions (video)

by HABLO PICASSO July 17, 2015 Cultura
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Mexican artist Hector Zamora filled up an exhibit space in the French countryside with empty, boarded-up campers and RVs (they call them caravans over there). Why, exactly? Julien Zerbone explains:

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For some reason, Friday Night is Taco Night in Norway (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN February 6, 2015 Cultura
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In Norway, Friday night is Taco Night. Molly Jones of the Norwegian American Weekly explains: When it comes to Friday’s dinner plans, Norwegians seem to have one thing on their minds: tacos! The younger generations in Norway have coined the term “fredagstaco” to describe the cultural phenomenon of starting the weekend off with a serving—or […]

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Watch: Teeny Chihuahua has first encounter with European snow

by ZORRO MULDER December 16, 2014 Cultura
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LiveLeak video uploader pologne gives his location as Rzeszow, Poland but he speaks in Italian and has a perrito mexicano. The Internets are magic.

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Where do immigrants come from? These days, the answer is ‘Mexico’

by Moctezuma Cortés May 28, 2014 Cultura
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These days in Aztlan — and across lots of the United Estates — most immigrants come from Mexico, but it wasn’t always that way. A hundred years ago or so they were from Germany. The Pew Research Center reports:

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Who let the dogs out? (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA November 14, 2013 Cartoons
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POCHO History 101: Actual European ‘discoveries’ in one handy map

by Andalé Mono August 28, 2013 Cartoons
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All that stuff they teach in history about Europe’s so-called Age of Discovery turns out to be Eurocentric racist mythmaking, once you subtract places that couldn’t be “discovered” because there were already humans living there. Slate reports:

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PNS*Hot*Flash: Sick Queen Elizabeth says horsemeat is fine

by Malcolm Mex March 4, 2013 El Now
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(PNS reporting from LONDON) Queen Elizabeth II of England — depite being briefly hospitalized with a stomach infection — has endorsed the stampede of European carnivores who say horsemeat in your beefburger is no big deal. Joining the German cabinet minister who advocated giving horsemeat-tainted products to poor people and the Huffington Post’s LatinoVoices, which published a Cuban […]

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