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ORLANDO ROMERO

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Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2013 11:00 pm | Updated: 12:26 am, Sun Oct 13, 2013.

After all the hoopla generated by PBS for its special, Latino Americans, viewers like myself couldn’t wait to see it. The multi-part series seemed to promise a thorough history of Latinos in the United States. Unfortunately, it was like another episode of “One of Our 50 Is Missing.”

For those of you who don’t know the reference, “One of Our 50 Is Missing” is a section in New Mexico Magazine that documents experiences by locals with other U.S. citizens who think New Mexico is in Mexico or Arizona. Anecdotes range from tourists asking whether they need a passport to travel to New Mexico or whether “American” money is accepted here. Or there are companies writing to New Mexicans stating that, unfortunately, they are not authorized to operate or, for that matter, bill outside of the U.S. The list goes on and on and can be quite amusing if not hilarious.

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4 comments:

  • Victor Rodriguez posted at 4:24 pm on Mon, Oct 14, 2013.

    rodrigvm Posts: 2

    Remember that Adriana Bosch was the producer . . .Juan Gonzalez' book does a better job and so does his documentary although not perfect...

     
  • Victor Rodriguez posted at 4:22 pm on Mon, Oct 14, 2013.

    rodrigvm Posts: 2

    Interesting, for me the problem is more serious than the omissions, unless you do a 18 hour documentary something will be missed. I thought that the documentary did not provide a frame of reference, it provided fragmented information, many erroneous juxtapositions of events that give the impression they occurred simultaneously, distortion of the Cuba experience without any contrasts with why their immigrant experience was different from Mexicans. I still think that Harvest of Empire is the best documentary of the immigrant Latino experience, only lasts 90 minutes and has a unifying thread that maybe is not a cheerleading, puffy piece like this one tried to be. Maybe good for middle school. Some segments are fairly good like the White Hats, and the interview with Rita Moreno (burst a bubble there…) but why are people coming here? Only reason we are given is Cubans, superficially Central America and the Dominican Rpeublic but why Mexicans? Puerto Ricans? Bcease there is a border or airplanes flying from San Juan?


     
  • Harvey Morgan II posted at 3:01 pm on Sun, Oct 13, 2013.

    Harveytime Posts: 9

    This is a serious wrong. Maybe it is time to organize the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and seek funding to produce a follow up program with KNME and KENW filmed here in New Mexico. Start the timeline a little before the establishment of San Gabriel.

     
  • Daniel Ortiz posted at 1:20 pm on Sun, Oct 13, 2013.

    Don Daniel Ortiz Posts: 1

    I feared New Mexico Hispanics were going to be virtually ignored when the program started with the story of the Alamo. It's appalling but true that even prominent Latinos in the national media don't know the 400 + history of Latinos in America.

     
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