Laura E. Gómez is a professor of law at the UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles. Her book “Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican-American Race” explores how America’s newest citizens fit into the existing racial class after the war. Gómez said when 19th century Americans started moving west, they encountered Mexican-Americans, which fell in between the existing racial class of black and white.
On Fronteras: In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo brought to an end the Mexican-American war, which was started in 1846 over a territorial dispute in Texas. The treaty led to land that has become Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, California, Utah and Wyoming. Laura E. Gómez, a professor of law at the UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles, joins us to discuss her book “Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican-American Race,” which explores how America’s newest citizens fit...
The Torn Apart/Separados digital project aims to geographically map the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy. Torn Apart is an example of the application of digital humanities . Roopika Risam, assistant professor of English and faculty fellow for digital library initiatives at Salem State University, is part of the team of academics who created Torn Apart/Separados . Risam works in the field of digital humanities, which covers a wide interdisciplinary range. “It includes creating...
On this episode of Fronteras, Roopika Risam , assistant professor of English and faculty fellow for digital library initiatives at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts, joins us to talk about theimpact of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy.
This week on Fronteras: San Antonio fifth-graders learn empathy and tolerance through lessons of the Holocaust (0:16). Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar find refuge in North Texas (12:03). From childhood abuse to illustrator of two New York Times best-sellers: a profile of artist Arturo Torres (16:30).
Lisa Barry teaches fifth grade English language arts and social studies at Woodridge Elementary in San Antonio’s Alamo Heights Independent School District. She has crafted an entire literature unit revolving around tolerance. Barry uses Holocaust history and survivor stories to help students identify and understand prejudice and how to take action against it. In the years that Barry has taught the course, she has only come across one parent who expressed concerns about the subject matter.
On Fronteras: Residents of a poor El Paso neighborhood accuse a school district of environmental discrimination over a proposed bus hub (0:17). A struggling Dallas high school turns itself around through the efforts of a new principal (8:52). A religious order of sisters opened the first Catholic church and school for African-Americans in San Antonio 125 years ago (14:40).
On Fronteras: We mark Pride Month with a conversation about the medication taken daily to reduce the chances of HIV transmission and the cultural barriers that stand in the way of gay Latino men attaining the drug (0:17). LGBTQI+ artists in San Antonio celebrate diversity and individuality in the exhibit, “We Are” (11:10).
Phillip Schnarrs is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio in the College of Education and Human Development, and a co-director at the South Texas Consortium for HIV and STI Research . Schnarrs conducted a study that shows cultural barriers stand in the way of gay Latino men attaining PrEP, an HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis which helps prevent getting the disease through sex. Schnarrs said PrEP is a combination of two medications. “These medications were originally...
Local doula Ari Chagoya works with mothers- and fathers-to-be. Chagoya said involving as many people as possible in the birth process heightens awareness. And in case the mother or child are experiencing postpartum health problems, the family will work as an advocate.
When he was 14 years old, Alfredo Alva crossed the border with his father from Mexico into Texas. His journey is told in the children’s book “ La Frontera: El Viaje con Papá, My Journey with Papa ” by first-time author and Kerrville resident Deborah Mills. Alva is now a construction worker living in Kerrville. The story has been slightly altered to make the character of Alfredito younger, about 8 years old, to better identify with young readers.
In her late 30s, Jennifer Teege made the surprising discovery that she was the granddaughter of Amon Goeth, the Nazi commandant of the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp in Poland. She wrote about her struggles coming to terms with her family history in the book “ My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past .”
On this episode of "Fronteras": A mixed-race German woman makes a shocking discovery: she is the granddaughter of a Nazi (0:14). A distressed San Antonio neighborhood is experiencing a rebirth through housing and art (14:40).
The Texas State Board of Education voted on April 13 to create curriculum standards for a Mexican-American studies course based on an existing course taught in the Houston Independent School District . While this could be considered a victory for activists calling for Mexican-American studies in Texas schools, in making the decision, the majority of the board approved a last-minute name change. Instead of Mexican-American Studies, the course would be called Ethnic Studies: An Overview of...
On Fronteras: Researchers are looking into how to raise awareness about rising rates of cancer in the Latino population (0:15). Texas schools are teaching students about slavery, but the curriculum doesn’t reflect how it affected the course of U.S. history (12:04). In 1968, high school students at San Antonio’s Edgewood High School walked out of class and changed how public schools were funded (15:02)
On Fronteras: For one day each year, the borders are erased between Lajitas and Paso Lajitas, Mexico (0:15). A recent graduate from the University of Texas at El Paso shares her story of moving to San Antonio to escape war-torn Syria (6:55). We go on a tour of San Antonio’s Westside. It’s one of the poorest parts of San Antonio, but it’s rich in culture (11:30).
Every year in the tiny border town of Lajitas — located about 300 miles east of El Paso — hundreds gather to celebrate, remember and protest the closing of the area’s border passage. For decades, U.S. tourists and locals used to cross freely over the Rio Grande into Pasos Lajitas, Mexico. But that changed in May of 2002, when the federal government abruptly closed the informal passage. The small community Lajitas shared with its Mexican neighbor was cut in half. But the annual Voices From...
This week on Fronteras: Texas counties report an increase in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement transfers in the first months of the Trump administration (0:16). A group in El Paso assists immigrants in detention with bond payments (1:53). San Diego looks into how new immigrants can integrate into society (7:44). Local mariachis prepare for a marathon evening of Mother’s Day serenades (9:48).