Welcome to Episode # 011! “¿Guasyousaynmeng?! (What Are You Saying, Man?)”
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We’re back in Denver after an incredible week at Hispanicize in Miami, an event focused on Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in journalism, blogging, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship! We interviewed nearly 30 different mega influencers within the Latino community, and connected with hundreds of other incredible ñs and Fr’ñs. Along the way, we lived and breathed the Cuban culture and we’ve been dying to share how we got “Hispanicized!”
During this podcast, we’ll talk about the power of language – its diversity, how fun yet challenging it can be, the intimacy it creates and the barriers it presents towards truly understanding and respecting one another.
Hot off the Miami vibe, David Potter, our Community Engagement Specialist and our Podcast Producer Diana Aqra, go on a pseudo reality show broadcast to test out our newly acquired latin lingo in order to evaluate the full effect of ‘Cubonics’ back in Denver. Pretty hilarious. Our poor victims were often very confused, but a number of them could grasp what we were trying to say! Nevertheless, David makes a clear point — code switching is tough!
David’s Cubonics: “Tee-che” = t-shirt / “Otdó” = hot dog / “tee-nayer” = teenagers /“Lató” = lap top / “eh-stick!” = Steve / “eh-stop” = stop / “Miami beesh” = Miami Beach / “Pin-pam-pum” = fold away bed
Then we touch on our personal experiences, Denise’s mother specifically, who was disrespected and written off as incompetent because of her strong accent. We talk about how these assumptions lend to a life of questioning, unnecessarily. Yet in Miami, a multi-ethnic and multicultural city, the opportunities for expressing one’s self are endless. In other places, like Denver for example, it’s much more challenging and this is where Project ñ can have a serious impact — giving a voice to the voiceless.
Next, we talk about Denise’s return to Denver as she recounts her interview with legendary electric bassist Sal Cuevas at the Women + Film Festival VOICES. Even though this salsa legend has played with some of the greats in salsa, merengue and latin music, including Gloria Estefan and even Billy Idol, her audience in Denver did not grasp the full effect of his star power. Code-switching became crucial upon returning to Denver where this so called “bubble” exists that doesn’t necessarily care to respectfully represent the Latino community as American.
A perfect example of this is the new building of the Colorado Historical Society. We spoke with Adrianna Abarca. The new exhibit by the Colorado Historical Society mentions only two Hispanic names in their entire historical narrative! For her, it was so offensive to completely leave out their story, especially with such a huge investment to present Colorado’s story to its residents.
Music by PALO! Song used “La Malanga Resbala” gopalo.com
Items Mentioned in This Session:
- Lupe’s Vignette
- Hispanicize Miami
- PALO! Cubonics
- Women + Film Festival VOICES
- Sal Cuevas
- Venezuelan-Style Arepas
- Adrianna Abarca & History Colorado Center
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