Hispanic heritage month reads


Here’s a short list of books I thought worth recommending, because what better way to celebrate your culture than by learning and exploring. No?  Here’s wishing you much discovery and enjoyment =D

2010 being the Centenial of the Mexican Revolution, how can I possibly forget to mention ” Los De Abajo”  (by Mariano Azuela ,1915 ) = “The Ones At  The Bottom/The Underdogs”

A very prominent book in Mexican literature. You can find an English version of this book, but if you read Spanish, truly recommend that you read it in it’s originally context.

Mariano Azuela, Mexican author and physician, best known for his fictional stories of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. He wrote novels, works for theatre and literary criticism. During his days in the Mexican Revolution, Azuela wrote about the war and its impact on Mexico. He served under president Francisco I. Madero as chief of political affairs in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco – his home town. After Madero’s death, he joined the military forces of Julián Medina, a follower of Pancho Villa, where he served as a field doctor. He later was forced for a time to emigrate to El Paso, Texas. There he wrote Los de abajo, a first-hand description of combat during the Mexican revolution, based on his experiences in the field. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariano_Azuela

“The revolution benefits the poor, the ignorant, all those who have been slaves all their lives, all the unhappy people who do not even suspect they are poor because the rich who stand above them, the rich who rule them, change their sweat and blood and tears into gold…” (excerpt from “The Underdogs).

Los De Abajo Synopsis- http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/835-the-underdogs-los-de-abajo-a-novel-of-the-mexican-revolution-by-mariano-azuela

Aztec, Inca, and Maya (Eyewitness Book Series) –  Learn about native indigenous cultures to Mexico & Latin America.  Discover facts about what their religion, traditions, civilizations, what their  daily way of life was like.  Filled with “eyewitness” pictures and illustrations.

The Course Of Mexican History Seventh Edition- ( by Michael C. Meyer, the late William L. Sherman, Susan M. Deeds) This book offers a completely up-to-date, lively, and engaging survey from the pre-Colombian times to the present. Such a text is considered to be an indispensable tool for students of : Mexican History, Politics, Economics, and Culture.

My Sweet Mexico: Reciepies for authentic pastries, sweet bread, beverages,  candy and frozen treats (by Fany Gerson)

Frida: Viva La Vida! Long Live Life (by Bernier-Grand, Carmen T) This book is a 14 yrs + text. It is part of a group of works in which biographies are told through poetry. The book also contains reproductions of Mrs. Kahlo’s work.

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez (by Kathleen Kull) – This children’s book  takes a  look at Cesar Chavez’s life and how he grew up to become a leader for justice.  Learn about Cesar’s: chilhood, his family, and how he pushed for the ever  important  migrant farmworkers’ cause.




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Mexican Geeks


Meet the Mexican American super brains of MIT= The prestigeous Massachusetts Institute of Technology a private research university located in Cambridge ,Massachusetts.MIT has five schools and one college, containing a total of 32 academic departments, with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological research. This illustrious school has an awesome group representing!  The MAES Society = Mexican American Engineers and Scientists. Just who is MAES and what is their purpose?

The primary mission of the Society is one of image development. Firstly, by projecting the positive image of our members through their accomplishments, MAES will achieve its underlying mission, which is to eradicate the stereotypic perception that society has had of Mexican Americans. Secondly, by providing a networking and nurturing environment to develop their professional image, its members have opportunities to develop and hone their leadership, communication, management and technical skills. The goals of MAES are to assist its members with:

Development of opportunities
Placement and recruitment
Promoting and recognizing achievements
Technical and professional meetings
National Symposium and technical presentations
Promoting science and engineering among students
Scholarship assistance

http://web.mit.edu/maes/www/history.html

Next time someone tries to tear you or our people down by saying that Mexicans don’t have: the talent, brains,  the drive or dedication , just look to people like these wonderful talents that not only gained entrance to such an important institute, but are there as leaders. Yet another fine example of “SI SE PUEDE”

P.S. Speaking of “SI SE PUEDE” check out this awesome article by lauramartinez.wordpress.com entitled “FORGET ARIZONA. MEXICO GETS OWN NASA YAY!”

http://lauramartinez.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/forget-arizona-mexico-gets-own-nasa-yay/