THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: CYNTHIA GUARDADO READS HER POEMS “REFLEJO” AND “CALL ME REFUGEE FOUR.” RICARDO ROMO’S TEJANO REPORT ON A NEW ART EXHIBIT ABOUT LA MALINCHE IN SAN ANTONIO AND HOW IT GIVES NEW INSIGHT INTO THIS ENIGMATIC HISTORICAL PERSONAGE, AND EL TEATRO CAMPESINO PERFORMS THE POPUL VUH:HEART OF HEAVEN.
This week we visit with Salvadoran American poet and scholar Cynthia Guardado as she reads from her recent collection, “Cenizas,” (Ashes). Here she reads the poems “Reflejo” about her experience growing up between two cultures, one in El Salvador and one in the United States. She also reads her poem “Call Me Refugee Four.” She considers that all Salvadoran immigrants to the United state should be considered refugees from the effects of that war.
Ricard Romo returns with his Tejano Report. This week he looks at a new exhibit in San Antonio examining the multiple dimensions of La Malinche, the Tlaxcalan slave who, at the time of the conquest of Mexico, was gifted to Hernán Cortes and soon became his mistress and interpreter. This new exhibit at the San Antonio museum of Art gives us a fascinating look at this controversial and enigmatic person.
And lastly, we visit with the Teatro Campesino as they perform a play based on the Mayan book The Popul Vuh. This ancient text embodied much of the philosophy and religion of the Mayans and a portion of it is presented here: Popul Vuh: Heart of Heaven.
Enjoy your week on Latinopia!