• Glenn Wilson
    August 26, 2019:
    • SMA: New parking and shuttle bus system,
    • México’s Maria Dolls: Separating Fact from Fiction,
    • What is cultural appropriation and why it's unethical,
    • Resplandor – Taking Education to New Heights,
    • Retired Canadian found slain in Mexico,
    • Are Mexican edible insects the new superfood?

    SMA: New parking and shuttle bus system

    Starting September, a new coordinated parking and transport system will enter into operation in San Miguel de Allende, when the Cardo parking lot is operated by the DIF Municipal. ...
    This new system seeks to reduce traffic ...
    There will be a single route: Cardo-Centro and Centro-Cardo ...
    From September, DIF will administer El Cardo and from there they will put into operation the tourist trucks (sp).

    The Shuttle aims to reduce vehicle flow to transport residents and tourists. As of September 2019, the “Shuttle” trucks of the “El Cardo” car park enter permanently ...
    Shuttle trucks will enter permanently in SMA (sp).

    México’s Maria Dolls: Separating Fact from Fiction
    By Catherine Marenghi The ubiquitous dolls sold on street corners and shops throughout México are the iconic rag dolls, or muñecas de trapo, also known as Maria dolls. Although its image is exploited—indeed, appropriated—by commercial interests worldwide, the Mexican rag doll is inseparable from the Otomí community, and this is where the credit—and the profits—belong. [...]
    México’s Maria Dolls: Separating Fact from Fiction.

    What is cultural appropriation and why is it unethical
    In recent months, Mexican artisans and authorities have accused international brands such as Carolina Herrera and Louis Vuitton of plagiarism and cultural appropriation.

    Unfortunately, this phenomenon has been affecting indigenous communities in Mexico for some time; but it seems to have worsened in recent years.

    But what is cultural appropriation? According to the Oxford Dictionary, cultural appropriation is “a term used to describe the taking over of creative or artistic forms, themes, or practices by one cultural group from another. It is in general used to describe Western appropriations of non‐Western or non‐white forms, and carries connotations of exploitation and dominance.”
    What is cultural appropriation and why is it unethical.

    Resplandor – Taking Education to New Heights
    Fletcher, who joined the UA College of Education in 1985, has created an educational community center in Cajones, Mexico, about 10 miles outside of Guanajuato. For decades, he has led Verano en Mexico, a summer school program for education students. He was inspired to give back to the community that has been so hospitable to UA students and faculty.

    In 2009, Resplandor International was born. Now, just celebrating it’s ten year anniversary, Resplandor continues to flourish. Faculty and students from around the globe — and many from the University of Arizona — have traveled with Fletcher to this lush Mexican community that has limited resources. They have formed close bonds with the children and families of the area, covering everything from early childhood education and earth sciences to cooking, guitar, and Zumba classes. Resplandor also serves as a rich training ground for teachers and professionals.

    The Midday Club of San Miguel de Allende is pleased to welcome Todd Fletcher as he discusses more about Resplandor. Join us for this most interesting presentation on Tuesday, September 3rd. We’re located at Los Arcos on Sterling Dickenson next to the yellow caboose. Doors open at 9:00 AM. Club business at 9:30, and our speaker takes the stage at 10 AM.
    Resplandor – Taking Education to New Heights.

    Retired Canadian found slain at his residence in Mexico
    Mexican officials say a Canadian retiree who once served as an honorary consul in Mexico has been found slain at his residence in the Caribbean resort of Cancun.

    The attorney general’s office for Quintana Roo state said Sunday that 62-year-old Daniel Lavoie had been killed “with violence.”
    Retired Canadian found slain at his residence in Mexico.
    Also: Cancun: Former Canadian Consulate found murdered with message.

    Are Mexican edible insects the new superfood?
    Insect cuisine is growing in popularity. Ancient traditions are mixed with modern flavours to make the environmentally-friendly menus more appetizing to new consumers.

    The end results are dishes like ant larvae grilled in garlic and cilantro sauce or fried stink bugs served with a side of guacamole.

    No only in Mexico, but round the world, the edible insect industry is projected to be worth $1.2 billion USD by 2023.
    Are Mexican edible insects the new superfood?

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