Beyond the Border-Stories of the Latin World

Beyond the Border-Stories of the Latin World

Stories of Immigrant Children … Parakeets

As told by Nayara Tolentino, age 12. I live in California now, says Nayara. Here, the birds in my backyard are white and brown and black. But in Brazil, the birds were the colors of our flag: green, blue, yellow and white. They were parakeets. If you said your name to them, they would say […]

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Beyond the Border-Stories of the Latin World

Man on the Corner – Late Afternoon in Latin America

Early in the morning, fog muffles the urgency. Street vendors with carts of vegetables and fruits call to the people on pre-Hispanic horns and flutes. To the slap of rags maids clean the rooms, and songs of doves on windowsills can still be heard. There is hope.But soon traffic fills the streets, and on crowded […]

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Beyond the Border-Stories of the Latin World

Alicia In Spain

This is the story of my friend Alicia, who was boarding with Margarita in Granada, downhill from the Alhambra, Margarita with the long tooth, held in place by a gold clip which her tongue always finds, sliding it up and down, up and down, the tooth always about to drop from her gums up and […]

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Beyond the Border-Stories of the Latin World

Skins

Everyday they’re crossing the border down around Douglas, by the hundreds. That’s where the relief workers have made camp . You drive a motor home out there, set up along a trail used by the undocumented, wait, and wait, and then hunt them down — to offer food and water, an easier passage.It’s a scary […]

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Beyond the Border-Stories of the Latin World

The Stories of Immigrant Children… Fighting Roosters

As told by Maria Felix, age 11.   My grandfather has fighting roosters, Maria Felix says. Not like it’s a secret, but something exciting. And scary. This is what she remembers about her grandfather, in Mexico. My youngest uncle and my grandfather took me down into the basement of my grandfather’s friend, says Maria. It […]

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Beyond the Border-Stories of the Latin World

Those Who Stayed – Eliades Ochoa

[gplayer href=”http://www.lynndarroch.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/eliades_ochoa.mp3″ ] Eliades [/gplayer] Oh yes, my life has changed completely since Buena Vista Social Club, says Eliades Ochoa, a stocky man with rings on his fingers, graying hair, a heavy face. When we talked, it had already been a couple of years since the album and film took him from folkloric singer to […]

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Beyond the Border-Stories of the Latin World

Looking for America – with Rubén Blades

I always imagine Ruben and I at a small table in a Latin American port city Lima, maybe, or Cuidad Panama, but in the colonial section, where the humid smell of centuries, of rot and sea breeze, and the soft sounds of Spanish surround us. We’re drinking coffee and sometimes speaking his native tongue, sometimes […]

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Beyond the Border-Stories of the Latin World

Gregorio Martinez – El Brujo of Beaverton – a huaquero in America

This is the music of Gregorio Martinez: Spanish guitar and song, African rhythm: the sound of a desert washed by cool currents, the stink of plankton, where skies are gray though it rains rarely. This is Afro-Peru, where romantic ballad fused with beat of cajon, jawbone of burro, rattles from casings of spider eggs, the […]

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