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Mexico in Transition

Fall 2001​ | Volume I, Number 1

Table of Contents

Editor’s Letter →

by June Carolyn Erlick

Introductory Essay

Mexico in a Nutshell

Mexico in a Nutshell

English + Español
What is Mexico? To avoid regurgitating a page from the dictionary or digging myself into a chavinistic hole, I’ll offer some impressions: Mexico is, among other things…

Comings and Goings

Air Quality in Mexico City

Air Quality in Mexico City

Flying into Mexico City, one cannot help but note its heavy air pollution. Mexico City suffers from air pollution as severe as in any major city in the world. Now, with the Project for the Design of an…

Democracy and Social Reform

Mexico and the United States

Mexico and the United States

In less than a decade, Mexico and the United States have outgrown the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA. Mexican president Vicente Fox would like to move on to something…

The Mexican Congress

The Mexican Congress

Congress has become a principal player in Mexican politics. In 1997, for the first time in its modern history, Mexico experienced a divided government, in which the president’s party the…

Education Reform in Mexico

Education Reform in Mexico

Because the Secretariat of Public Education is, more than any other public building, an edifice of the people, the theme of its decoration could not be other than the life of this same people. So…

The Mexican Intellectual

The Mexican Intellectual

English + Español
One thing Mexico has in abundance is intellectuals. It nurtures some of the world’s great writers, poets, musicians, painters, and historians. The historical reviews ofEnrique Krauze, the short…

Mexican Immigration

The View from Los Angeles

The View from Los Angeles

In 1999, on returning home to LA after four years at Harvard and in the Boston area,I ascended to the city of Angels for the annual gala dinner of the premier civil rights firm: the Mexican American…

The View from Texas

The View from Texas

The elections of President George W. Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox have created an unprecedented opportunity along the 2000-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border. Since the inception of…

The View from New York

The View from New York

More than 600,000 people from Puebla, Mexico, call greater New York home. Poblanos as those from Puebla are called make up an immigrant population about half the size of Boston. They…

The View From New England

The View From New England

The Mexican diaspora has reached New England. Mexicans living in the region today include many types of migrants, long-term and temporary, documented and undocumented. The…

Dos Países, Un Futuro

Dos Países, Un Futuro

Las elecciones del Presidente George W. Bush y el Presidente de México Vicente Fox han creado una oportunidad sin precedentes a lo largo de las 2,000 millas de la frontera EUA…

Mexican Immigration

Mexican Immigration

The future of the United States will be in no small measure linked to the fortunes of a heterogeneous blend of relatively recent arrivals from Asia, the Caribbean, and, above all, Latin America first and foremost Mexicans.

Mexico at the Movies

A New Golden Age for the Silver Screen

A New Golden Age for the Silver Screen

Mexican movies are terrible, don’t watch them, the taxi driver told me when I first arrived in Mexico City last summer. Mexican movies are terrible, and also tasteless, reaffirmed my Spanish…

The Harvard Factor: From Pyramids to Salamanders

Mexican Amphibians

Mexican Amphibians

Mexico truly is a biological hotspot. What is mostly unappreciated, however, even by many professional biologists, is that much of the biological diversity of Mexico remains undocumented…

Fundacion Mexico en Harvard

Fundacion Mexico en Harvard

Edgar Kelly Garcia, a ’98 graduate of Harvard Business School, is busy wiring schools in his native state of Sinaloa, Mexico. After graduating from HBS, he founded an Internet company to…

Tec de Monterrey

Tec de Monterrey

Thirty years ago, when Rafael Garza’s father studied at Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, all courses were taken in a traditional classroom setting and…

Updates: Harvard’s Latin@ Community

Views from the Barrio

What Significance Hath Reform?

What Significance Hath Reform?

The smell of steaming corn and fresh ripe fruit wafts past the endless rows of used automobile tires, new CD players, and stylish blue jeans. Mexicans from far and wide shop in this sprawling…

Mexican Machos and Hombres

Mexican Machos and Hombres

These young men were my neighbors during the time of my ethnographic fieldwork on changing male identities in Santo Domingo. What it means to be men and women has changed…