Latino USA

Archive for March, 2009

But Why?

Prof. Donald Green

Not everyone who feels hate becomes motivated to commit a crime. And not everyone who commits a crime is motivated by hate. Committing a hate crime involves a confluence of issues. Sometimes, hate crimes are motivated by territorial and ethnic disputes, or economic pressures and stereotypical finger-pointing. Professor Donald Green is a Political Scientist from Yale University who has done research into the psychology of hate crimes. His conversation with Maria Hinojosa helps shed some light on this complex and deadly phenomenon.

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Latino Victimization

Patchogue, Long Island, New York is not unlike many changing communities today. An influx of Spanish-speaking immigrants has caused friction. But in recent years, Latino immigrants say they have been harassed, beaten, stalked, and even robbed, mainly by white teenagers on Long Island. While the local police believe that the recent stabbing and murder of Ecuadoran immigrant Marcello Lucero was an isolated incident, they nonetheless are increasing their outreach to the Spanish-speaking community. The immigrants not only welcome the gesture but wonder why hadn’t this been done years ago? WSHU Reporter Charles Lane investigates as part of Latino USA’s New American Voices series.

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Dejame Les Cuento Una Cosa Personal…

Maria Hinojosa talks about how knowing other languages can help develop empathy


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Catalino Tapia

Catalino Tapia

In his conversation with Maria, J.D. Trout mentions a recent NPR story about an immigrant gardener who created a scholarship program funded by his landscaping clients. The immigrant is named Catalino Tapia, founder of the Bay Area Gardeners’ Foundation and the story was done by Latino USA contributor Nancy Mullane and aired in January 2009.

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All You Need is Mosh

Jonas Gonzalez and Alejandro Rosso are two young guys from Monterrey, Mexico. They were big fans of computerized games when they met. And they both liked music. But that’s where the similarities end. Jonas at the time came from a background of trash metal. Alejandro’s tastes leaned towards the avante-garde, appreciating jazz and classical music. Their opposite musical worlds collided and still do in their music. Together, they are the duo forming the heart and soul of Plastilina Mosh. Jonas speaks with Maria Hinojosa about the group’s fourth CD, “All You Need is Mosh.”

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During Maria’s interview with Jonás Gonzalez of Plastilina Mosh, she asked him questions in English and he started giving his responses in Spanish. You can listen to their conversation without English voice-overs.

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Jonaz Goes to Hollywood
All You Need is Mosh (2008)

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