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Eduardo Rosas


Eduardo Rosas was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and moved to Oxford, Mississippi in 2006 at the age of thirteen to join his father and other family members. Rosas worked as a server at Tequila鈥檚 Mexican Bar & Grill, which opened in 2001, and continues to work in the Mexican restaurant industry. Rosas describes how Oxford has changed since 2011 as the town expanded, the construction industry鈥檚 growing demand for Latino workers, the challenges to incorporation, and the networks that have been fostered amongst Latino newcomers.


Eduardo Rosas naci贸 en Guadalajara, M茅xico, y se mud贸 a Oxford, Mississippi a la edad de trece para reunirse con su pap谩 y otros miembros de la familia. Ahora tiene veintitr茅s y trabaja como mesero en Tequila鈥檚 Mexican Bar & Grill, el cual abri贸 hace 15 a帽os, y contin煤a a trabajar en la industria alimentaria mexicana. Rosas describe c贸mo ha cambiado Oxford en los 煤ltimos cinco a帽os mientras la ciudad ha crecido, la demanda en la construcci贸n por trabajadores latinos, los retos de integraci贸n y las redes que se han desarrollado entre los latinos reci茅n llegados. Adicionalmente, la entrevistadora y el entrevistado discuten la discriminaci贸n y los estereotipos y el biling眉ismo.

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Katherine Aberle

Katherine Aberle

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