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The Real History of Cinco de Mayo

Before you crack open that Corona or dip that tortilla chip in some tasty guacamole, maybe it’s time you understood what Cinco de Mayo is really all about.

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 SubtextDavid 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.


Unwrapping Holiday Stress

Dr. Margaret Chesney, Director of UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

As a Distinguished Professor in Integrative Medicine and Director of UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Margaret Chesney knows a lot about stress. At least, how to cope with it so that it doesn’t take a physical toll on your body and quality of life.

The  holidays are a time when even the most placid souls can get frazzled by all the hustling and bustling about, preparing for time with family and friends. Judging by the phone calls Dr. Chesney receives this time of year from journalists looking for stress reduction tips for their readers, it seems to be a pretty universal problem.

Lucky for our viewers, Dr. Chesney and her colleagues at UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine are regular guests on UCTV, always willing to share some of their well-researched tips, tactics and techniques for mindfulness-based stress reduction that can get you through the holidays, and keep you calm all year long.

Here are some programs featuring Dr. Chesney to get you started:

Women’s Guide to Building Resistance, Outsmarting Stress, and Optimizing Health in Today’s World

New Scientific Strategies for Managing Stress, Building Resilience and Bringing Balance to Life

Mind-Body Interventions: Is there Power in Positive Thinking?

Plus a few more about mindfulness meditation, visualization and more:

Being Alive Now

Learning to Relax

Positive Emotion in the Midst of Stress: It’s Not Crazy it’s Adaptive

Some other UCTV video collections you might want to check out:

Alternative Medicine

Mental Health

Mind-Body Connection

In the meantime, stay focused, calm and festive for the holiday season!