Mexico has the second largest economy in Latin America, but about 52% of the country’s total income held by the wealthiest 20% of the population, and persistent inequalities remain a major challenge to development. The fact that Mexico's population is very young— 29% of Mexicans are between the...Read more
On Good Samaritan Day, we visited the tiny Oaxacan town of Ciénega de Zimatlán. We were there to meet with some of Mexfam’s volunteer health educators and visit the local health care clinic, but the real action was in the town’s zocalo (town square) where plastic tubs of creamy horchata and other...Read more
On Good Samaritan Day, we visited the tiny Oaxacan town of Ciénega de Zimatlán. We were there to meet with some of Mexfam’s volunteer health educators and visit the local health care clinic, but the real action was in the town’s zocalo (town square) where plastic tubs of creamy horchata and other...Read more
As the fifth largest state of Mexico, Oaxaca is characterized by extreme geographic fragmentation. Located where the Eastern Sierra Madre and the Southern Sierra Madre come together, Oaxaca shares a common border with the states of Veracruz and Puebla (on the north), Chiapas (on the east), and...Read more
As the fifth largest state of Mexico, Oaxaca is characterized by extreme geographic fragmentation. Located where the Eastern Sierra Madre and the Southern Sierra Madre come together, Oaxaca shares a common border with the states of Veracruz and Puebla (on the north), Chiapas (on the east), and...Read more
When I was growing up in California, I often felt disconnected from my extended family in Mexico. The language barrier was enough of a challenge, but the distance I felt was also the result of the drastic differences in our everyday experiences. The obstacles I encountered as a young woman in the...Read more
When I was growing up in California, I often felt disconnected from my extended family in Mexico. The language barrier was enough of a challenge, but the distance I felt was also the result of the drastic differences in our everyday experiences. The obstacles I encountered as a young woman in the...Read more
When you travel in a country where the language spoken is not your native tongue, you learn many words and phrases as a matter of necessity: “Please,” “thank you,” and “what time is it?” top the list. Then, there are the more interesting words and sayings—the ones you absorb through conversations...Read more
When you travel in a country where the language spoken is not your native tongue, you learn many words and phrases as a matter of necessity: “Please,” “thank you,” and “what time is it?” top the list. Then, there are the more interesting words and sayings—the ones you absorb through conversations...Read more
This weekend, revelers throughout New York—and the country— will celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, but rather a commemoration of Mexico’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is also a celebration...Read more