Corn possesses that power to tell the story of a people. Even when rendered as snacks. Especially when eaten as snacks.
On Saturday, September 24th from 2-6 p.m., Centro Cultural in Memphis partners with Caritas Village to host their annual Tamale Fest fundraising and cultural event.
The idea of Memphis helped a Chicano from Southern California teach one of the squarest places in the U.S. how to be hip.
While part of Fabián’s heart remains in Chicago, he also sees Louisville and the South as a land of opportunities for Latinos.
Laura Patricia Ramírez runs Tortillería y Taquería Ramírez in a section of Lexington, Kentucky nicknamed “Mexington” for the amount of Latino immigrants living in the area.
In 1990, Latinos in Kentucky represented 0.6 percent of the Bluegrass State; the 2010 Census saw them make up three percent—about 132,00 people, the majority Mexicans. And more come every month.
If it wasn’t for a fired motel worker, I’d never think of doing an oral history of Mexican restaurants in Kentucky.
What does a former academic do in the face of ambiguity? Read, read, read, of course.
“First we win over your stomachs, then your hearts, then your minds. Love us, South, just as Mexicans are starting to love you.”