Category Archives: History

Vaudeville, Folklorico, and Mexican Cinema

I have three stories published on KCET this week! The first is about the Hola Mexico Film Festival. 2020 marks its 12th year and founder Samuel Douek had to make numerous changes to move the festival to an online format. … Continue reading

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Why Did Soccer Fail In The U.S. When Other Sports Thrived?

Below is a link to a research paper I wrote last year that I’ve uploaded to my Academia page. It concerns research into the growth of gridiron football (NFL-style), baseball, and basketball in the US and why association football (a.k.a. … Continue reading

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Sin Fronteras: A Historiography on the Evolution of Perceptions of the San Diego/Tijuana Region as Separate & Unified Territory

Below is a link and an excerpt of a paper I wrote a few months ago for a course in Mexican history. It is a historiography on the development of the San Diego/Tijuana region of southern California + Baja California … Continue reading

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Barcelona: The Spanish Civil War Tour

I spent nine days in Barcelona this past April. This is the first of a few posts about that trip. I began my second, full day in the city at the Plaça de Catalunya, which is the beginning and ending … Continue reading

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The Samba Music of ’70s Brazil Did More Than Make People Dance — It Resisted a Dictatorship

My latest piece in LA Weekly: Brazilian-American musician Beto Gonzalez was too young to understand the country around him when his family returned to Brazil in the 1970s. It was only as he grew older, after coming back to the … Continue reading

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