Each year, leaders in Mexican industry, education and government convene for insightful, candid discussions about what Mexico is doing right and where it is falling short of its potential. These high-level talks give attendees (and viewers) a better, more nuanced understanding of this great country as it attempts to seize and sustain economic and social growth.
Why is it that a holiday commemorating an 1862 Mexican victory over the French at Puebla is so widely celebrated in California and across the United States, when it’s scarcely observed in Mexico?
In this episode of UCLA’s Subtext, David E. Hayes-Bautista, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA, sheds some light on the origins of this annual celebration, revealing that the holiday is not Mexican at all, but rather an American one created by Latinos in California during the mid-nineteenth century.
The truth may not change your May 5th party plans, but at least you’ll know what you’re celebrating!
Watch “The History of Cinco de Mayo,” online now.
Our long-running UC Berkeley series “Conversations with History” turns its attention south of the border with host Harry Kreisler’s wide-ranging, intimate conversation with Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico.
As he always does during his unique interviews, Kreisler delves not only into his guest’s public life, but the factors that helped shape him. President Fox shares his formative experiences, including the influence of his ancestors and teachers, his work as a businessman, and the factors that led him to enter politics.
Discussing his Presidency, Fox analyzes the problems of governing in a country simultaneously riding a democratic revolution and the transformations brought about by the new wave of globalization. He also discusses the issues of immigration and drugs and how both impact the future of U.S.-Mexican relations.
Watch “Conversations with History: Revolution of Hope — Vicente Fox, Former President of Mexico,” online now. And browse through the tremendous archive of Harry Kreisler’s interviews, going all the way back to 1982!