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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’s 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’s growing demand for Latino workers, the challenges to incorporation, and the networks that have been fostered amongst Latino newcomers.


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.

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Katherine Aberle

Katherine Aberle

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