Volume XXVII Number 23 June 6, 2003

FrontPage Stories

Crónica de Monsiváis con Trío

Presentación del escritor Mexicano en USD el Lunes pasado

Por Mariana Martinez

6:30 PM. El Instituto de Paz y Justicia, Joan B. Korc en la Universidad de San Diego es un precioso edificio con pasillos laberínticos. En uno de esos pasillos, aproximadamente doscientas personas esperan que se abran las puertas del teatro.

Todo es chal, aretes grandes y trajes bien planchados. Todo también es formal serio y callado, apenas algunos conocidos se saludan en voz baja y el personal del consulado no se da a basto vendiendo más boletos, a pesar de que avisaron que se reservara con tiempo.

6:45 PM. Se abren tarde las puertas del pequeño teatro.

En el escenario un atrio, una mesa y encima, una jarra con agua. Las luces son tenues y la gente en silencio se empieza a acomodar. El agregado cultural del Consulado General de México en San Diego da la bienvenida y presenta al trío que ésta noche acompaña al escritor, comentarista, político y crítico literario mexicano Carlos Monsiváis en una velada en que hablará de los boleros, resquicio del temperamento román-tico de varias generaciones titulada “Esa no porque nos duele”.

Aplausos al trío, aplausos a Monsiváis y empieza la noche con acordes de Rayito de sol.

Con su conocida maestría, Monsiváis empieza a hilar un recorrido a la memoria, iniciando con los orígenes de los boleros y una descripción del México, DF, de la década de los cuarenta, llamándole “el gran laboratorio de la vida moderna”, desde donde surgieron tríos históricos como Los Panchos.

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A Grieving Mother Who Will Not Stop Combing The Sand
By Mary Jo McConahay
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico—On the far west side of town, where the last scrappy houses meet open desert, Paula Flores Bonilla looks beyond a row of pink crosses into the scrub she has just searched for perhaps the hundredth time. “In the rainy season there are snakes out there,” she says. But these are rainless days, so looking for the remains of young women means fighting only sun, blowing sand and the fear of actually finding what you are looking for.

Una Afligida Madre Que No Deja de Rastrear la Arena
Por Mary Jo McConahay
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — En la lejanía del Oeste del pueblo, donde se localizan las útimas frágiles casas que se encuentran con el desierto abierto, Paula Flores Bonilla mira por sobre una fila de cruces rosas hacia las malezas donde acaba de buscar, por centésima vez. “Durante la época de lluvias hay víboras ahí”, dice ella. Pero estos son días sin lluvias, por lo tanto buscar restos de mujeres jóvenes significa luchar solamente contra el sol, el viento con arena y contra el miedo a encontrar lo que buscas.

A Strike for Humanity
1992’s UCLA Chicano studies strikers triggered a nationwide movement
By Roberto Rodriguez
The year is 1993. Eight UCLA students and one professor go on a prolonged hunger strike, demanding that the university create a Chicano studies department. After much resistance and many struggles, the university creates the Cesar Chavez Center for Interdisciplinary Instruction in Chicana and Chicano Studies, promising it future departmental status.

Stories

Southwestern College Awards Diploma to 88 Year-Old
CHULA VISTA—Marcos Altalef loves learning. That’s why eight days after his arrival from Guatemala in 1998, the then 83 year-old immediately enrolled at Southwestern College (SWC). He wanted to improve his English language skills, but soon had another goal in mind: getting a Legal Interpretation and Translation certificate. On Friday, May 30th, Altalef, 88, finally accomplished his goal when he and hundreds of other SWC students received their graduation diplomas during the College’s 42nd Annual Commencement Ceremony.

Outstanding Students Selected for the Las Californias Youth Leadership Program
The International Community Foundation (ICF) and its Baja California-based sister foundation, Fundación Internacional de la Comunidad (FIC) along with LEAD San Diego and the International Studies Project in San Diego (ISTEP) have launched the Las Californias Youth Leadership Program (LCYLP). Funded, in part, by the Rockefeller Foundation, the program is for high achieving high school juniors of Mexican descent from San Diego County and Tijuana to participate in a cross-border leadership development program over the next year.

Segunda Entrega de Premios Estrella de Oro del Proyecto ¡Tu Cine! de Alumnos de Preparatoria del Programa Migrante
Por América Barcelo Feldman
El Programa de Educación Migrante, Región IX en colaboración con el Centro de las Artes de los Medios de Comunicación de San Diego presentaron la Segunda Entrega del “Premio Estrella”, para jóvenes productores de nivel preparatoria, que participaron en el proyecto escolar fílmico ¡Tu Cine!

Mayor is looking for a university for Chula Vista
By Pablo De Sainz
Due to the high level of growth among the young population of Chula Vista, Mayor Steve Padilla is forming a committee that will try to find a university, public or private, for the city.

Alcalde busca universidad para Chula Vista
Por Pablo De Sainz
Debido al alto índice de crecimiento en la población joven de Chula Vista, el alcalde Steve Padilla está formando un comité que tratará de encontrar una universidad, pública o privada, para la ciudad.

Scripps Memorial Hospital Chula Vista Opens Medical Clinic in Local High School
By Yvonne Silva
For many families, basic medical care is too costly. Thus, many families are at risk for health problems that, if they go undetected and untreated, may lead to serious health issues.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Diego Alvarez
Tu boleto al trabajo
En los Estados Unidos existe un programa que beneficia a personas discapacitadas que no pueden acceder a empleos regulares debido a sus limitaciones físicas o mentales. Es el programa Ticket to Work, algo así como Boleto para Trabajar, el cual fue iniciado por el ex-presidente Bill Clinton y que se dirige exclusivamente a personas con discapacidades.

Community Notes:
Bilingual Reading & Discussion Series @ The Library!
The community is invited to participate in the first of six Bilingual Reading and Discussion Series where stories of the love, life and work of Latino families in the United States and Latin America are read and discussed on the second Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. in the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library, located at 239 South Kalmia Street.

Granite Hills High School Students sweep HWD’s ‘water’ photo contest
By Kate Breece
Since the first people entered this semi-arid corner of North America thousands of years ago, finding, securing, protecting, and conserving drinkable water has been a challenge. Water has been a driving force in San Diego County’s history and continues to be an issue of great importance today.

Home Loan Counseling and Education Center says “Yes” to Homeownership by “any means necessary”
The San Diego Home Loan Counseling and Education Center, San Diego’s Premier Home Buyer Educational Institution has been awarded the maximum award of $100,000 from U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development to equip residents to be successful at securing the American dream, home ownership at a time when real estate prices in San Diego have escalated to exorbitant heights.

Editorials

Editorial:
The Republican Controlled FCC Betrays Our Constitution
The Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC) thrust a dagger into the heart of media diversity when they voted 3-2, this week, to relax the rules determining media ownership. And, more importantly are moving to stifle the voices of this country’s minority communities!

Commentary
“Time is not on our side”
By Allen Hazard
I went jogging this morning. I think going out for a morning run where I live in Mission Hills is bad for my health. At least bad for my spiritual health. My architectural health. I have many running routes in my neighborhood and this morning I ran in a part of Mission Hills that I hadn’t jogged by for a month or so. I was shocked when I saw a vacant lot, a deep dirt hole where previously stood a 1930’s English cottage wood shingle quaint little home with mature landscaping. All gone. Perhaps Mick was wrong when he sang “Time is on our side”, time is NOT on our side for preserving San Diego. For preserving the older communities such as Mission Hills, North Park, South Park, Golden Hills, Sherman Heights and University Heights.

Tezozomoc Speaks:
Q-V0! Mi Gente
, pos chale, chale con ese clamor. In the 70’s nuestra Gente were the only ones that got their butts kicked around by La Chota y La Migra. Los Chicanos, with the help of our gente, fought against the denial of all our Constitutional & Civil Rights. Ahora the Justice Department, el CIA, el F BI, El Attorney General are all getting their cookies tirando chanclazos against anyone that happens to look like “Omar Sherif”.

Notas Politicos:
¿COMO SE DICE RESPECT?
House GOP should work to correct blatant racism in English, then learn Spanish
According to an article in Congress Daily, House Republican Rep. Gerald Weller (IL), a little over 20 Republicans and 50 staffers announced that they will be starting a 10-week “crash course” to learn to speak Spanish. But communicating with Latinos requires more than just learning to speak Spanish.

Etc. Etc. Etc.
Entertainment,
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits

Reflexiones de un escritor a sus sesenta años: entrevista con René Avilés Fabila
René Avilés Fabila es un escritor que ha trabajado en muchos géneros literarios y publicado novelas muy leídas como Tantadel, La canción de Odette, El Gran solitario de Palacio y Réquiem de un suicida, además de sus cuentos fantásticos y amorosos como Fantasías en carrusel y Todo el amor y varios libros autobiográficos como Memorias de un comunista y Recordanzas.

Increíble El Poder de la Profecía
Por: Paco Zavala
A veces resulta ináudito conceder toda la credibilidad del mundo a ciertos temas que por su falta de información toman esta vertiente. Es tan poca la información que llega a manos del lector sobre los famosos Rollos o Manúscritos del Mar Muerto, que creo y considero veráz que es casi nula la información con que se cuenta en el groso de la población.

The ex Buki returns with a set of diverse songs
Marco Antonio Solis, one of the most important singer-composers in Latin America, presents his new album, Tu amor o tu desprecio.
By Pablo De Sainz
Without a doubt, Marco Antonio Solis has captivated the Spanish-speaking world with his songs. The music of El Buki has turned out a lot of hits, not only under his own voice, but for many others, too.

El ex Buki vuelve con temas muy variados
Marco Antonio Solís, uno de los cantautores más importantes de América Latina, presenta su nuevo disco, Tu amor o tu desprecio.
Por Pablo De Sainz
Sin duda, Marco Antonio Solís ha cautivado al mundo de habla hispana con sus composiciones. La música del Buki se ha convertido en cosechadora de éxitos, no sólo en su propia voz, sino también en la de otros.

El cielo como límite
Latinos compitiendo por la marquesina en películas de acción
Por Daniel Bort
En estos días, en Hollywood, es más fácil producir películas que cuesten menos de cinco millones de dolares o más de cincuenta millones. El medio siempre constituye un riesgo.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
Multiples actividades culturales se llevan a cabo en la ciudad de Tijuana, que para beneplácito de los tijuanenses todas coinciden en fortalecer los lazos culturales y artísticos que existen en la comunidad.

Miguel Barrera Saved By The ‘Golden Hour’
By Fiona Manning
Miguel Barrera, who lost his IBF minimumweight championship via devastating knockout in Tijuana on Sarurday night, is out of intensive care following emergency brain surgery on Sunday morning at the Hospital Del Prado de Tijuana.

Dominguez Thwarted by San Diego Spirit
By John Philip Wyllie
Atop the WUSA scoring chart with six goals, Mexico’s Maribel Dominguez paid a visit to Torero Stadium Saturday along with her Atlanta Beat teammates. Dominguez, who has been the biggest surprise in women’s professional soccer this season, was looking to add to her goal total and lift her team past the much improved San Diego Spirit. It didn’t happen.

A Look Back: U.S. Fan Looks Back at the 3-2 Win vs. Portugal in the 2002 World Cup
Exactly one year ago. June 5, 2002. The day the U.S. defeated Portugal in the World Cup. Many soccer fans have relived that Portugal game in their heads: trying to picture how the events of that historic run unfolded, play-by-play and goal-by-goal, hearing the shouts of “overrated” from the U.S. contingent of fans patronizing the Portuguese from the stands and remembering the team’s celebration after their shocking win.

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