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L@s muxes: The Zapotec Third Gender

December 13, 2016

In the southern state of Oaxaca, in the town of Juchitán, lives indigenous Zapotec men, women, and muxes. Juchitán is a small town where a man wearing a dress would not necessarily be called transgender--there, they could also be considered a muxe (MOO-shay).  Muxes are neither man nor woman, they are identified as a separate category of gender, some call it a third gender. Generally, muxes are assigned as male at birth, but dress or act in a feminine way.

¿Estás ready?: A look at "Spanglish" in the United States

December 17, 2016

Most Americans have heard of the term “Spanglish,” whether by the film bearing the same title from 2004, or the experience of hearing someone mix Spanish and English in a sentence. But what is Spanglish? Is it another language? And who is speaking it, and in what settings? What is the prevalence of Spanglish in the United States, and what role will it have for a country whose largest minority is Latinos (16.3 percent based on the most recent census)? (Ennis, Ríos-Vargas, & Albert, 2011)

Coca is not Synonymous with Cocaine: Coca Culture in Bolivia

November 28, 2016

Coca is a leaf that is integrated in the Bolivian culture through rituals, medicine, food, religion, social interactions, and much more. The primary use for the coca leaf is consumption; it is chewed or brewed for tea. Coca leaves are not exclusive to Bolivia, rather many Andean countries such as Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, and Brazil use coca for similar cultural practices as well.

Novelista Arturo Arias reseña el libro de Andrea Cabel "A dónde volver: Poemas 'reunidos'”

November 22, 2016

Empiezo por aclarar que soy novelista y crítico de narrativa. Leo poesía por pasión, pero no por profesión. De hecho, nunca he reseñado un libro de poesía hasta este momento. Conocí a Andrea Cabel en Lima, en el I Congreso Internacional de Teorías, Crítica e Historias Literarias Latinoamericanas “Antonio Cornejo Polar,” la primera semana de julio de 2016. Me contó sobre su investigación en la Amazonía peruana, la cual me fascinó. Luego me regaló su libro. Lo leí a la vuelta.

Nicolás Guillén Landrián y el derrumbe de las grandes narrativas en el documental cubano contemporáneo

November 16, 2016

Desde la Primera Muestra de Jóvenes Realizadores, celebrada en La Habana en el año 2000, se ha venido produciendo un boom de cine documental realizado al margen de las instituciones culturales del Estado.

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