Fronteras Desk
2:07 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Residents Of Rural Wisconsin Reluctant To Say "Hola" To New Neighbors

Fronteras: West Nile cases are up across the Southwest. A recent study shows more Latinos are moving to rural America. A young Mexican artist, now living in Texas, talks about his drawings that shine a light on the fact that children are growing up amid war and corruption along the border. Finally, Lydia Mendoza has been called the First Lady of Tejano and Conjunto Music and this week the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a forever stamp in her honor.

West Nile Cases Up in the Southwest

West Nile cases in the southwest are up from previous years. That's according to new 2012 statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control. From Albuquerque, Tristan Ahtone reports.

One in Two New Rural Neighbors Is Latino

Latinos have called both the rural and urban southwest home for generations, but the rest of the nation is just now adjusting to the latest wave of immigrants from Mexico and Latin America.

Across the country in rural America one in two new neighbors is Latino, according to a recent study. The Fronteras Desk sent Laurel Morales to rural Wisconsin to find out what this means for the changing community there.

Exhibit Depicts Child Influenced By War

Fernando Andrade is a San Antonio, Texas artist who was born in a northern Mexico border town and came to the U.S. when he was seven years-old. Andrade says growing up south of the border, he didn’t see any violence firsthand, but the drug violence still has had a big impact on his art.

Andrade's exhibit, Jugando a la Guerrita (Playing the Little War), will be on display in San Antonio at Hausmann Millworks May 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tejano Matriarch Immortalized by U.S. Postal Service

Lydia Mendoza has been called the first lady of Tejano and Conjunto Music. This week the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a forever stamp in her honor as part of a music legends series.

Mendoza spent some of her youth in Mexico before moving to San Antonio in the 1930s’ where she and her family would play in city squares.

Lydia Mendoza died in San Antonio in 2007 at the age of 91, her career spanned over 60 years, during which she recorded more than 50 albums.  She was awarded the National Heritage Award as well as the National Medal of the Arts.

We revisit a 2006 Texas Public Radio interview with Mendoza before her 90th birthday celebration in San Antonio. Yvette Benavides takes us back.

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