Four conversations in, and I feel like Becoming Mexican is starting to take shape. I’ve learned so much about the amazing individuals highlighted in Conversations and am thankful for all the time and enthusiasm they have given to the project. The interview with Jennifer Bolanos was a special one for me because, as I mentioned in the intro, I don’t think this project would exist without her influence on my life. Interviewing Justin Garcidiaz was a blast. He’s hilarious and his thoughtful approach to shaping identity motivates me to keep learning and pursuing my heritage. Also, who can say no to rooftop cocktails in the sunshine?
A few other noteworthy items:
1. I had the opportunity recently to visit the Hallie Ford Museum and see the Enrique Chagoya exhibition ‘Reverse Anthropology’. He mixes American pop culture, pre-Columbia mythology, and Western religious iconography to reexamine culture and inheritance. Specifically, his works ‘Borderlandia’ and ‘Illegal Alien’s Guide to Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ were poignant and felt especially relevant given the current political climate. On display until January 27.
2. Spanish. The studying continues. I know I’m probably learning a lot, but don’t often have the chance to practice. That will change soon with my upcoming travels.
3. Countdown to Mexico City! So excited to be in CDMX in a few weeks and I’ve been receiving amazing recommendations. More are always welcome as I’m sure this first trip to the capital won’t be the last!