Los medios de comunicación usan un léxico limitado para narrar México dentro de situaciones como son el tráfico de drogas e inmigración. No tengo la intención de negar esos contextos, solamente intento ofrecer una narración más compleja y diversa de México con toda su multiplicidad étnica, cultural y política. Un año de vivir en cualquier país es suficiente para rasgar la superficie de su lengua, cultura y sociedad, en el caso de México, ese tiempo tampoco sería suficiente.
By: Adeeba Shahid TalukderRead Ms. Talukder’s poetry selection here.
In a mushaaʿirah introduction to his poem Rule of the Land, written about Pakistan’s 1963 constitution, the poet Habib Jalib relates: “After the creation of Pakistan, when, one by one, our dreams were being shattered, we began searching for people who shared our ideals of freedom, democracy, and economic independence. So I wrote this poem, Dastoor, that I recited at a mushaaʿirah in Muree. All the cream of Pakistani society was present. The atmosphere was so tense that no leaf dared tremble. And I began reciting: That lamp that burns only within palace walls…
The All-India Progressive Writers’ Movement took root in pre-partition British India and originally served as a form of vocalization of popular dissent against British rule. Members of the Movement espoused the ideology that art, especially in troubled times, bears the responsibility of serving as a vehicle for Read more
Let us today enter the bazaar in shackles
Faiz Ahmed Faiz
The brimming eye, the torn spirit
a hint of undisclosed love–
they are not enough.
Let us today enter the bazaar in shackles.
with dust-smeared faces and bloodied shirts
Come, the city of the beloved awaits:
Mexico appears in many works of contemporary American literature as a land of refuge and fantasy, an escape from law and order. All the Pretty Horses, written by Cormac McCarthy is a literary example wherein the protagonist finds himself in a reality radically different from the Mexico of his dreams, a false promise.
The common perception in the U.S often paints Mexico in general and Baja California in particular as a lawless land wherein only the rule of chaos prevails. In spite of a significant population of Mexican-Americans and Chicano/as in the U.S., the diverse cultures of Mexico remain in the shadow of collective ignorance. Drug trafficking and illegal immigration cloud the minds, distracting us from the great marvels of Mexico.
Scores of American youth pour into Tijuana, San Diego’s urban other, to enjoy its lower drinking age and relaxed laws. With American passports held in pockets, they are assured of a safe “return” to order, perhaps only right after answering a simple question: What was the purpose of your visit to Mexico?
The very name, American, carries a self-centered cultural blindness which attempts to co opt a vast geographical territory that extends well beyond the U.S borders all the way to Argentina.
Our attitudes towards Mexico (and the rest of the Americas for that matter) are only one aspect of a much larger narrative: North American imperialism. Read more