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Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders

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Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders is a New York-based nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating Mexican culture and promoting the understanding of Mexican traditions through arts, culture, humanities, and annual holiday celebrations. It was founded in 2000 as a …

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Orlando Morales

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Portrait of a Puerto Rican Family- Bendicion! In Spanish it means to ask for a blessing. Bendicion! is what I would ask my grandparents everytime I saw them from the moment I could speak words. It is a sign of …

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Americas Society

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For nearly 50 years, Americas Society has been featuring Latin American artists, musicians, writers, and leaders in New York City. Our Literature program supported the first English translation of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez; our Visual Arts …

Ana Martinez-Perez

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My grandmother came to this county in the 1950s, she wanted to learn the language so she enrolled at Seward HS in the east side (near Essex St.). Afterwards, we all followed, I was 2 and my brother was 1. …

Camila Meza

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I was born in Santiago de Chile. There’s not a very huge community of Chilean people [in New York and New Jersey], although there is one, but I don’t think it can compare to that of Brazilians or Mexicans. But …

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Margarita Grasing

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Came to the USA from Cuba in 1961, after the Bay of Pig, from Havana, Cuba. My first job was at The Bank of America on Broad Street, New York City. In 1967 I married Robert Grasing, had three children …

Richard Robles

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What’s my favorite thing about Latino food? Well, I mean I just love the color of yellow rice; it’s just a beautiful color. You know—yellow rice, red beans—it’s just very colorful. The food has always been very colorful for me, …

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Born and raised in Spanish Harlem, New York. Loco Ninja lived a pretty tuff life but did not let a single obstacle stop him. Growing up in the mean streets of Harlem with a single mother and no father figure …

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Liz Muentes

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Sabado Gigante! Since I can remember, every Saturday promptly at 8p, Don Francisco was welcomed into my parents home. He wasn’t this strange man who would knock on our door, he is an icon, who became part of our family. …

Alvaro Benavides

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I was born in Caracas, Venezuela and came to the States 18 years ago, but I didn’t come to New York, I came to Boston. I lived in Boston for eight years and 10 years ago I moved to New …

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