On behalf of Web del Sol, I am proud to present its summer 2005 Chapbook issue:
THE BORDER TRIPTYCH
The U.S.- Mexican border is at the heart of political debates over national security and terrorism. A million people cross the border every day. The New York Times reported recently that in the "other-than-Mexican category," Brazilians, who are not required visas in Mexico, are now "streaming through the border" and ending up in New York City, illegally. However, Mexico continues to be the biggest source of immigrants in the U.S., legal and illegal alike. Spanish Harlem in New York City has a new face: Mexicans and Central American Latinos.
The border--la frontera--fascinates me. I have been to Mexico several times. The Philippines was a colony of Nueva España for 333 years, capital: Mexico City. Nueva España, which then included Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas, was officially frontiered in 1848, fifty years short of the Spanish-American war that saw the American colonization of the Philippines. While Filipinos dealt with the Hollywoodization of the islands, Mexicans in the southern states faced their own struggle with a new identity, one which characterizes the myriad of cultures that make up the borders today. As they say, many of these Tejanos never crossed the border; the border crossed them.
However, border crossing is an everyday scenario. Every person who crosses carries with him more than a bundle of stories. A few will find their way in literature, most of them will be buried along memories of Tortilla Walls, Polleros, INS detention, and the sprawling Rio Grande/Rio Bravo. Too many of these border migrants find themselves doing menial labor in the U.S., lives on the edge of survival, where livelihood is urgent and storytelling is luxurious. Somewhere down the generations, the curious ones will dig them up. And the storytelling will finally take root.
In THE BORDER TRIPTYCH, I focus on three artists, two of whom regularly crossed the border as children, and another, crossed as an adult to a new life. They bore witness to experiences that most of us only read about in the media. They are brave people with gifts. They are sharing these gifts with us through this issue of Web del Sol. I am tremendously blessed and proud to present them to you, in THE BORDER TRIPTYCH:
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Eduardo C. Corral
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