“Native Gardens” is a witty comedy by Karen Zacarías, currently showing at the Guthrie Theater. The well-to-do Butleys, with their manicured lawn and beautiful azaleas, scoff at their new next-door neighbors’ unkempt garden. The new arrivals are Pablo del Valle, a Chilean lawyer who’s striving to impress the prestigious firm he’s just joined, and his heavily pregnant wife Tania, from New Mexico, who’s completing her anthropology dissertation and is a firm believer in organic, pesticide-free gardening.
The change in the debate about foreign policy in Presidential campaigns in the U.S. represented by the proposals of G.O.P.’s candidate, Donald J. Trump, is the main point of an interview with Dr. Renee Buhr, associate professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of St. Thomas. The interview was published on Monday by O Estado de S.Paulo.
The first thing that I did when I arrived to Saint Paul on Friday August 8th for attending to the WPI Fellowship was turning on the TV to see what was on the news. I spent almost a day travelling from Caracas to Minnesota through the border with Colombia and had no clue about what had happened in my country and around the world in those long hours.
During the course of the week, I have been scribbling little notes to myself – on paper napkins, on newspapers, in my notebook – all of them ideas for things I should blog about. Topics include “Supermarkets in America/consumer culture,” “All you can drink Soda,” “The First Amendment – does it work?” But, we’ve just come back from a fascinating meeting with the folks over at the African Development Center, and all I can think about now is the immigrant experience in America.
Immigration is a hot-button issue in the United States, and moves to initiate reforms to streamline and regularise the process are proving to be extremely contentious. Depending on who you ask, there are around 11 to 13 million illegal (or undocumented) people in the US, and they are here because there are jobs to be found and more money than what can be made back home. These workers toil in the jobs that Americans do not want – in agriculture, construction and sanitation.
During my 6 weeks trip around of the US I discovered two faultless ways to lure people to conversation. One of them is very obvious; I mean Syria, it’s very hot and fearful current affair that became dramatically important for all Americans because of they found themselves in step to the war. The second way to provoke people to talk is immigration reform. It works everywhere without misfire: in Congress, in Starbucks, in plane, in nail salon, in laundry etc.