Last month, Mexico asked the United Nations to designate Mexican food a “cultural patrimony” that must be protected. Mexican cuisine dates back thousands of years to the Mayas and their diet based on diverse varieties of corn, beans and vegetables. Traditional Mexican cuisine should never be confused with what passes for “Mexican food’ in many U.S. restaurants and fast food joints. This photo shows 2 young women in Oaxaca enjoying a traditional chocolate drink called chocolate atole. Photo: Ginny Grossman
March 14th, 2010 | By Mary Stucky
February 13th, 2010 | By Mary Stucky
Now, a month after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, I’m reminded of the many conversations I had with people in Mexico City over recent weeks. While I struggled to comprehend what it might have been like to feel the earth shake and buildings topple, many Chilangos, as residents of Mexico City sometimes call themselves, were eager to tell me what had happened and how it had felt in 1985 when a massive earthquake killed at least 4500 people – most likely many more.
(Photo of Mexico City earthquake: Wikimedia)
February 9th, 2010 | By Mary Stucky
In one of our reports from Mexico, we’ll explain what this 83 year old woman is selling in the market in Malinalco, a village nestled in a valley several hours from Mexico City. It can’t be found in U.S. supermarkets but has been an important food in Mexico since pre-hispanic times.
(Hint: they’re not chilies.)
Coming soon from Mexico, Round Earth stories on social issues, culture and politics which will be broadcast on PRI’s The World, the World Vision Report and other outlets. We are honored to bring these stories and voices from Mexico to millions of people in the United States.
February 5th, 2010 | By Mary Stucky
Forty six journalists have been murdered in Mexico since 2000 and eight more have disappeared, according to Reporters Without Borders. Many of those killed have reported on drug cartels or other illegal activity.
Some of the bravest Mexican journalists are women working for CIMAC, directed by Lucia Lagunes (photo left in our interview in Mexico City). CIMAC was founded in the 1980s with a propositon that was then radical in Mexico– to prove that women’s issues constitute news.
February 1st, 2010 | By Round Earth Media
These five restaurateurs survived war, genocide, and long journeys to bring their native cuisine to the Twin Cities.
January 28th, 2010 | By Mary Stucky
More from Paulina Yanez Navarro, NextGen journalist reporting in Mexico, (Paulina, left, checking her notes).
Paulina, who is from Chile, has been assisting us in our reporting from Mexico City and is one of the NextGen journalists mentored by Round Earth. Paulina blogs about one important thing she’s learning on this reporting trip, an essential tension in all reporting. –Mary Stucky
Paulina: Where are we going now? That is the worst question that you can ever have when you are working on a story.
January 25th, 2010 | By Mary Stucky
From Mexico, Nancy Huynh blogs on what she’s learned about working as a global journalist from assisting me on our Mexico reporting trip. Don’t let anyone tell you this work is glamouous, says Nancy! –Mary Stucky
January 24th, 2010 | By Mary Stucky
Round Earth is in Mexico reporting for our U.S. outlets with the assistance of two NextGen journalists. I asked these young journalists to blog about what they’re learning during this reporting trip. Here’s Paulina Yanez Navarro (left with me interviewing in Mexico City).
Paulina hails from Santiago, Chile and is studying international journalism at Hamline University in the U.S., one of the young journalists mentored by Round Earth. What Paulina has to say here may seem simple, but it captures the essence of what we do as journalists. — Mary Stucky
January 16th, 2010 | By Mary Stucky
Two Next Generation journalists Paulina Yanez Navarro and Nancy Huynh , will be in Mexico with Mary Stucky this month reporting for The World, the World Vision Report and other outlets, part of Round Earth’s project to mentor and help train the next generation of global journalists.
Paulina is from Santiago, Chile and Nancy (left) is from St Paul, Minnesota. Both are students in Hamline University’s groundbreaking international journalism program.
January 10th, 2009 | By Mary Stucky
Mexico is the birthplace of chocolate. The story goes that the Mayan god Quetzalcoatl presented his people with a gift from the garden of paradise: the cacao tree from which chocolate is made. Nowhere in Mexico is chocolate held in higher esteem than in Oaxaca – it is said that every man woman and child in this city in southern Mexico consumes chocolate at least once a day.
Mary Stucky went to Pilar Cabrera, a native of Oaxaca and a well-known chef, to learn the secrets of making a special kind of Mexican hot chocolate known as chocolate atole. They start on a busy street in the center of town – where for blocks around the air is rich with the smell of chocolate.