Demographics in Siler City, North Carolina, were revolutionized with the building and subsequent shuttering of poultry plants in the area. The community is largely Latino these days. Siler City: Bienvenido a Trabajar introduces the people behind the one stop grocery store, butcher shop and taqueria, Tienda Loma Bonita.
I sought out integrated spaces in Oxford for my project. Time and again one name kept popping up: the Taco Shop.
In the northwestern part of Lexington, Kentucky, just inside the city’s loop road, there is a little bit of Mexico.
Tacos can be read. They carry social meanings—they are part of foodways networks of people who conduct their rich lives in languages.
To practice taco literacy is to examine the cultural, economic, and ecological dimensions of foodways.
The implications of culinary appropriation are both concrete and abstract. They warrant informed analysis.