Eduardo Rosas

Tequilas (CLOSED)
1912 University Avenue
Oxford, MS 38655

Eduardo Rosas was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and moved to Oxford, Mississippi at the age of thirteen to join his father and other family members. The twenty-three year old worked as a server at Tequila’s Mexican Bar & Grill, which opened 15 years ago, and continues to work in the Mexican restaurant industry. Rosas describes how Oxford has changed in the last five years as the town expanded, the construction industry’s growing demand for Latino workers, the challenges to incorporation, and the networks that have been fostered amongst Latino newcomers. Additionally, the interviewer and interviewee discuss discrimination and stereotypes, and bilingualism.

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Eduardo Rosas nació en Guadalajara, México, y se mudó a Oxford, Mississippi a la edad de trece para reunirse con su papá y otros miembros de la familia. Ahora tiene veintitrés y trabaja como mesero en Tequila’s Mexican Bar & Grill, el cual abrió hace 15 años, y continúa a trabajar en la industria alimentaria mexicana. Rosas describe cómo ha cambiado Oxford en los últimos cinco años mientras la ciudad ha crecido, la demanda en la construcción por trabajadores latinos, los retos de integración y las redes que se han desarrollado entre los latinos recién llegados. Adicionalmente, la entrevistadora y el entrevistado discuten la discriminación y los estereotipos y el bilingüismo.

Date of interview:

April 3, 2017

Interviewer:

Katherine Aberle

Photographer:

Katherine Aberle


I believe that in the country for the Hispanics, if everything's done right, we have a really good chance of really making an impact on this country. We've been doing it for the past ten years. [The Latino population] is growing. You see it everywhere right now. You can come to Oxford and see how much we're really helping out, even expand[ing] the town itself. And I think we really have a good chance to [do] good in here.
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