For many people in Latinx communities in the US, bi- or multilingualism is a part of everyday life. Simply put, Spanglish is a dynamic form of language made up of a conglomeration of Spanish and English dialects. And yet, to some, this is a threat to an ‘American’ culture that historically, and to this day, denies […]
Festivals, fiestas y celebraciones with a distinctly Latina/o feel are becoming more and more obvious in the United States as a large part of the population celebrate their heritage. One such fiesta has been happening this weekend – Día de los Muertos. Taking place over the weekend of 1st/2nd November, the Day of the Dead is […]
Today, in the United States and across Central and South America, people will be celebrating the anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas on this day in 1492. Columbus Day officially became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937, but has been celebrated unofficially since the late 18th century. With any […]
The SALSA Collective has been running for 6 months now – ¡Feliz aniversario to us! To mark the occasion we did a short interview with My American Studies and you can now see it online here: http://myamericanstudies.co.uk/2014/07/an-interview-with-the-salsa-collective/ Gracias!
“The rebozo reflects the intersection of native culture, the colonial era, and contemporary and political life in Mexico.” –FTM ‘Made in Mexico’ Exhibit Last week, the SALSA crew headed to London to check out the #MadeInMexico exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum. The exhibition revolves around the rebozo, a type of Mexican shawl, and its […]
This week I was delighted to travel back to Cork to take part in the Mexican and Mexican American Studies symposium at UCC. I lived in Cork a few years ago and it was wonderful walking the streets again, letting my feet guide me where they remembered. The voices, the laughter, the sunshine, the rain, […]
The Tortilla Curtain is a novel by American author, T.C. Boyle, which addresses middle-class values, illegal immigration, xenophobia, poverty, the American Dream and entitlement. This month The Tortilla Curtain was the selected title for a Norwich book club. Taking place in our own backyard, the SALSA Collective decided to join the group in reading […]