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Latinitas University--Long Time, No See

Greetings, Latinas! I'm back! After a fulfilling and satisfying summer break, I'm back in the college routine, sweatily (did I just make up an adverb?) trudging from class to class in the oppressive, discouraging heat, coming home to the small but homey apartment my best friend and I share, heating up a Lean Cuisine meal that still leaves me hungry, pouring some tap water into a glass full of ice cubes, and flopping in my futon for an evening of reading about Machiavellian governmental policy… Continue

Added by Rachel T. on September 8, 2009 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Latinitas University--The Kissing Game

It shouldn't be so hard to greet people. Usually it's a handshake or a wave or, if you're really comfortable with someone, a hug.



Where I come from, there was this interesting cultural dichotomy when it came to greeting someone. If you were born and raised in the U.S., you probably went with a simple handshake or a "broshake." If you were Mexican, European, or just fancied yourself cosmopolitan, you greeted people with a platonic kiss on the cheek. I remember in high school, the… Continue

Added by Rachel T. on March 18, 2009 at 1:11pm — 2 Comments

Latinitas University--Why can't I dance?

So, um, I'm going dancing tonight.



There's a venue here in Austin that is hosting a "Latin Dance Night", and a few friends and I thought the lameness of it all, coupled with the welcome opportunity to shirk our academic responsibilities, would make it fun to go to. The problem, though, is that I can't dance.



Not that I haven't tried. I danced ballet for nearly seven years before I left for college, and every summer, the dance academy would host workshops that would teach… Continue

Added by Rachel T. on January 31, 2009 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Latinitas University--Rosca de Reyes

Hi everyone! I hope you all are enjoying a great holiday break, although I realize that for many, the holidays were depressingly over a few days after New Year's. Here at home, however, in spite of the tropical South Texas weather that should be a crime in winter, we have a reason to keep up our Christmas trees a few days longer.



As my mother hails from a Christian Mexican background, on January 6 my family celebrates Dia de Reyes (Day of Kings in English), which honors the three… Continue

Added by Rachel T. on January 9, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Latinitas University--More to visit in Mexico than Tijuana

The topic in my Sociology class a few weeks ago was over global inequality and stereotypes, which reminded me of a common generalization of Mexico that I've come across pretty often here in Austin. For most people, the frequent misconception about Mexico is one of a country that resembles its border cities: dirty, crowded, desperate, and poor. I'm embarrassed to say that I once ignorantly thought the same way. When I ventured further into Mexico for the first time, past the border towns, I was… Continue

Added by Rachel T. on December 3, 2008 at 7:48pm — No Comments

Latinitas University--Myths for the two of us.

This morning on the Seattle radio station KEXP 90.3 (thank God for live streaming), there was a program on the classic Latino myth of La Llorona. In my six-year-old heyday of throwing temper tantrums, my mother used to tell me the at once tragic, sensual, and frightening story of La Llorona in order to get me to stop screaming. The tale, with too many versions now to count, is, in a nutshell, about a jilted lover who drowns her children, and is forever cursed to moan and wail about their death… Continue

Added by Rachel T. on November 9, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Latinitas University--Who's It Gonna Be?

It's really hard to believe that next week we'll know who the next president will be. This is what a lot of people have been waiting for for four years, and a lot have been waiting eight.



Election time on a college campus makes things more exciting--idealistic (and jaded) youth are casting their first votes ever and officially establishing themselves as active citizens of the United States. Passionate students line the main malls, speakerphones and campaign signs in hand, urging… Continue

Added by Rachel T. on October 30, 2008 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Latinitas University--Hello, Thank You, and You're Welcome

Hello lovely Latinitas regulars! I'm a new blogger around here so I figured I should provide you with an introduction to me before I start blogging regularly.



Here are the basic facts:



My name is Rachel Taliaferro, and I'm a freshman at UT Austin hoping to major in magazine journalism. Home is in Mission, about five hours south of Austin, in an area known as the Valley (Why? I'm not sure. It isn't even a real valley. But whatever.).



Now on to something… Continue

Added by Rachel T. on October 23, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments


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