Democracy's Living Room: The Mexican American Experience

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Our panel of nine guests will discuss the Mexican American experience in NYC as well as current issues affecting the Mexican American community. Guests include: Maria Hinojosa, senior correspondent for NOW on PBS and managing editor of NPR’s Latino USA; Daniel Jaquez, freelance theater director and the artistic director of Calpulli Mexican Dance Company; Zarela Martinez, owner of Zarela restaurant; Angelo Cabrera, founder of CUNY’s Mexican Student Alliance; Ambassador Rubén Beltrán, Consul General of Mexico in New York; Joel Magallan, executive director of Asociacion Tepeyac de New York, Inc.;Dr. Guillermo Perez-Perez, Associate Professor of Medicine and Microbiology at the NYU Langone Medical Center; Cindy Rodriquez, WNYC reporter; and Virginia Rodriguez, field producer for Casa Puebla TV.


Rubén Beltrán, Angelo Cabrera, Maria Hinojosa, Daniel Jaquez, Joel Magallan, Zarela Martinez, Guillermo Perez-Perez, Cindy Rodriguez and Virginia Rodriguez

Comments [14]

JohnG from Manhattan

#9: Depends who you're speaking of. The Hispanics who own Goya are very affluent.

#11: No, California was California. It was a colony under the Spanish Empire, as Mexico was. Later, California and Mexico broke away from Spain. About 20 years after that, California broke away from Mexico.

May. 05 2009 12:16 PM
rylee from manhattan

and New York belonged to the Indians, what is the point?

May. 05 2009 12:04 PM
Yvonne from Brooklyn, New York

I am reading on the internet that cases in the United States of humans infected with swine flu go back to at least 1976 when some soldiers in Fort Dix in New Jersey were infected and include a pregnant woman in 1988 and a 17 year old boy from Sheboygan, Wisconsin who came down with with flu symptoms in 2005 ... 3 days after helping to butcher pigs. (There was, also a live chicken in the home.) This 2005 case was similar but not exactly the same strain as the current strain ... the main difference there was an animal to human transmission. Supposedly, there has been one case every one or two years and then, between December 2005 and Feb. 2009, there were 12!! Is it possible that the H1N1 virus, ironic as it may be given the described hostility to Mexicans by some New Yorkers, started here and went to Mexico?? Is it possible that Mexicans have less immunity against it?? It seems to me that this AMERICAN virus has been evolving into something increasingly nasty and our neighbors in Mexico just don't fight it off as well as we do when we gift them with it.

May. 05 2009 12:02 PM
the truth from bkny

California used to be Mexico

May. 05 2009 11:33 AM
antonio from the mean streats of park slope

I hear ya #8, but I think what was worse was the fact the folks in the court room broke into applause for getting off from actually doing that to a human being.

May. 05 2009 11:32 AM
rylee from manhattan

I am a grad educated Hispanic woman, 7 years in NY from California. There is a major difference between the way hispanic people are treated here. The demographics work against hispanics here, they are more working class and less middle and affluent populations. The opportunities to succeed, in this area while tauted are not true for ALL populations. The power curve is very much commandeered by the power elite, who are white, sequested in their homes/neighborhoods, with not much contact--except in a boss/subordinate, homeowner- maid, nanny, gardener etc role. It is a perception problem. we are not ALL in these roles....

May. 05 2009 11:29 AM
Rudely Awakened from Rockland

Hey, how about we leave the talk about brains and murder to fox news, wtf do I have to hear about brutally violent things first thing in the morning for. Good Lord, shut up lady.

May. 05 2009 11:28 AM
the truth from bkny

Comments like that..."they didn't know I was mexican because I have blue eyes" No not by the blue eyes but your accent is a dead give away! Be proud of it.

May. 05 2009 11:27 AM
the truth from bkny

So many are here illegally and receiving government assistance. That will cause some resentment, yeah a tiny bit..,

May. 05 2009 11:25 AM
Matt from UWS

First, congrats on initiating the Green space.

Second, I've been watching the videostream. Lots of fun. Unfortunately there is not enough light for the video cameras. I know the Greene space wasn't meant to be a tv studio, but I think you need to invest in better lighting if you are serious about producing video.

May. 05 2009 11:22 AM
Marco from New York

It is interesting that no one discusses the fact that much of the resentment directed against Mexicans is due to the fact that so many are here illegally.

May. 05 2009 11:21 AM
John from Bklyn

Why do Mexicans come here?! Gee whiz, is this for real?!!! They come here for the same reason EVERY OTHER IMMIGRANT GROUP does! Oh brother.

I didn't know people were only allowed to live in the same climate as their country of origin.

C'mon, Brian.

May. 05 2009 11:20 AM
the truth from bkny

Did she just say she had to teach them to be prepard to defend their white side? maybe I misheard. anyone?

May. 05 2009 11:17 AM
Your Go from Astoria NY

The kids from St Francis Prep supposedly got it in Cancun. was there any cases of swine flu in Cancun?
Brian has a point. some of the facts dont add up.

May. 05 2009 11:12 AM

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