On this episode, the LMC proves that you can find Latinos in the most unlikely of places. Catherine Travis, Professor of Modern European Languages in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the Australian National University in Canberra, speaks with the LMC about the small Latino diaspora in Australia. A community of between 90k to 180k comprised of Chileans, Uruguayans, Argentinians, Colombians, even Salvadorans.
What can the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943 teach us about anti-immigrant, anti-Latino sentiment in the US today? Before today’s concept of “fake news”, how racist and inflammatory was yellow journalism during this dark period in California history? The LMC finds out on this episode when we speak with Gerardo Licon on what the riots can teach us about today. Gerardo Licon is an assistant professor in the Program of Latin American Studies @ the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.
Amid the political crisis rocking the administration of Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rossello, the LMC speaks with Fernando Tormos about long-time efforts by various administrations to privatize the PR school system. With all the offensive leaked messages and indictments of government officials for money laundering, at the heart of the scandal is the privatization of Puerto Rican public resources for private profit. Fernando Tormos is a post-doctoral fellow for the Scholars Strategy Network @ the University of Missouri in St Louis.