In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s what’s up with “Despacito,” which you’ve undoubtedly heard even from under that rock.
The summer’s Spanish-language megahit from Puerto Rican musician Luis Fonsi and guest Daddy Yankee has been taking over the internet at, ironically, lightning speeds. (“Despacito” means “slowly.”) This week it became the most-streamed song of all time… VOX
Sixty-two percent of Hispanic-American adults are bilingual, and as more young people come to prefer reading in English, the paper is being forced to adapt…. NIEMAN LAB.
“People were staring at us—and snapping pictures.”
Of all the countries we’ve visited as a family, the hardest, by far, was China.
A series of missteps on my part meant that, after a 13-hour flight, we found ourselves in a very non-touristy part of Beijing, at a “hotel” that was more like a businessman’s rental apartment. Within a few hours, we were already wondering if our plan to spend a month there had been a huge mistake.
The next morning, our bad mood was emboldened by torrential rains—but after a harrowing ride with a cab driver to whom speed limits were merely suggestions, we finally arrived at the Forbidden City. We had taken shelter under the cover of one of the arched gates and were waiting for our guide to arrive when we noticed something.
People were staring at us—and snapping pictures… NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Then again, who would identify with their African-descent in a country that reveres the very man who colonized it? Yes, the Dominican Republic is filled with Christopher Columbus statues and tributes everywhere but I dare you to find the same amount of monuments or statues in Santo Domingo in honor of their African ancestors.
Not as much, right? Which brings us back to the photo that UsDominicans posted.
The white population in the Dominican Republic isn’t as prominent as blacks but they still exist. In facts, whites are one of the four ethnicities in country which are descendants from French and Spanish settlers and others from Germans, Hungarians or Americans.
This attitude matters even more so because Dominicans are one of the major immigrant groups from Latin America to the United States. That’s about 1.5 million and counting. And, of all the Latino immigrant groups, Dominicans in the U.S. are the most likely to identify with country of origin. Now if that doesn’t spell out pride I don’t know what does… LATINA MAGAZINE
When Facebook bought WhatsApp for more than $19 billion in 2014, Jan Koum, a founder of the messaging company, arranged to sign a part of the deal outside the suburban social services center where he had once waited in line to collect food stamps.
Mr. Koum, like many in the tech industry, is an immigrant. He was a teenager when he and his mother moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1990s, in part to escape the anti-Semitic tide then sweeping his native Ukraine. As Mr. Koum later told Forbes, his mother worked as a babysitter and swept floors at a grocery store to survive in the new country; when she was found to have cancer, the family lived off her disability payments.
Tales of immigrant woe are not unusual in Silicon Valley. But Mr. Koum’s story carries greater resonance because his app has quietly become a mainstay of immigrant life… New York Times
Elena Rubio, a teacher in Brooklyn, New York, was five years old when she first heard the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
“It was on a family trip to Mexico,” she recalled. “Back then, I couldn’t figure out whether the Virgin Mary and this lady were the same person. Then my mom told me that Our Lady of Guadalupe had appeared in Mexico, and I was totally intrigued. I was fascinated, because it seemed to be a real thing, something with proof left behind.”… NBC
This morning, Peru premiered its first all Quechua-speaking news program.
TV Peru will begin transmitting “Ñuqanchik” (“Us,” in Quechua), a program produced, directed and presented by journalists whose primary language is Quechua. It will run weekdays at 5:30 a.m…www.PERUTHISWEEK.com
Photograph by Delphine Blast
Bolivia’s cholitas, with their bowler hats and layered skirts, were once targets of discrimination. Now this fashion is a source of pride… NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Photograph: Part function, part fashion. (Reuters/Thomas Peter)
On the 7 train that connects Manhattan to the bustling ethnic enclave of Flushing, Queens, it’s becoming more and more common to see riders wearing surgical masks in public… QUARTZ