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.]
In her new music video Borders, Brit rapper M.I.A. (Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam) says “No More Deportations” — #Not1MoreDeportation –– for the refugees.
Swedish 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 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:
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 two—of tacos.
LiveLeak video uploader pologne gives his location as Rzeszow, Poland but he speaks in Italian and has a perrito mexicano. The Internets are magic.
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.
(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 horsemeat recipe, the 86-year-old Queen put her stamp of approval on the new “austerity” regime: