Monthly Archives: April 2009

Film Screening: The Other Side of Immigration

Event: Cine Las Americas Film Festival presents “The Other Side of Immigration”
Place: Mexican American Culture Center (600 River Rd, Austin, TX)
Date: Friday April 24 @ 9pm
FREE and open to the public

ABOUT THE FILM: Why do so many Mexicans come to the U.S.? What happens to the families and communities they leave behind? “The Other Side of Immigration,” an hour-long documentary, explores these and other questions through the director’s interviews in “high-emigration”
towns in the Mexican countryside. Directed by Roy Germano, Ph.D. Candidate in Government, University of Texas at Austin. A Q&A will follow the screening.

Spanish Spoken During White House Briefing For First Time

(– April 14, 2009 at 12:22 AM, by Sam Stein. The White House made history on Monday. And it wasn’t just by loosening travel and remittance restrictions for individuals looking to reach out to family members in Cuba.
When Dan Restrepo, President Barack Obama’s senior adviser on Latin America, addressed the Spanish-language media in their native tongues, he is believed to have been the first person to speak a language other than English during a White House briefing.
Link to the full story here.

Burger King to scrap ad after complaint

MEXICO CITY ( – Wednesday, April 15. Fast food giant Burger King apologized Tuesday for an advertisement featuring a squat Mexican draped in his country’s flag next to a tall American cowboy and said it would change the campaign.
Mexico’s ambassador to Spain said posters released in Europe for Burger King’s new Tex-Mex style “Texican whopper,” a cheeseburger with chile and spicy mayonnaise, inappropriately displayed the Mexican flag, whose image is protected under national law.
The ambassador wrote a letter complaining to Burger King and requested the ad campaign be discontinued.
Burger King said the ads were meant to show a mixture of influences from the southwestern United States and Mexico, not to poke fun at Mexican culture, but said it would replace them “as soon as commercially possible.”
Read the full story…

C-Span to air a panel discussion on The Status of Latinos in America

C-Span will be airing a panel discussion on The Status of Latinos in America: Challenges and Opportunities. This airing is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, after 7 p.m. Please check the C-Span web-site and your local television guide to confirm the airing. This panel was assembled on March 7 as a key venue of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education 4th national conference in San Antonio, Texas.
The panel is moderated by Henry Cisneros and panel members include:
1) Aida Alvarez, Former Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration
2) Lorraine Cortes-Vasquez, NYS Secretary of State
3) Arturo Madrid, Murchison Distinguished Professor of Humanities, Trinity University
4) Maria “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, President and CEO, Intercultural Development Research Association
5) Antonio R. “Tony” Sanchez, Chairman of the Board/CEO, Sanchez Oil and Gas Corporation
6) Richard Tapia, Mathematics Professor and Maxfield Oshman Professor of Engineering
7) Solomon “Sol” Trujillo, CEO, Telstra Corporation, Sydney, Australia
8) Ralph de la Vega, President; CEO, ATT Mobility
The panel addresses four key issues: 1) Economic wellbeing, 2) Education, 3) Health, and 4) Electoral participation. Interwoven in these issues are gender, leadership and immigration.
Please share this airing and panel information with your various constituencies.
Best regards,
Loui Olivas
Loui Olivas, President
American Association of Hispanics
in Higher Education (AAHHE)
c/o Arizona State University
522 N. Central Avenue, Suite 243
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2165
602.496.1150 | Fax 602.496.1144