Daily Archives: December 10, 2008

Tijuana arts and crafts this weekend


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A reader sent me this flyer for an arts and crafts holiday sale in Tijuana this weekend that is billed as an opportunity to purchase  “gifts and novelties – but not by your grandmother,” It’s being held in my old neighborhood of La Cacho, and I’m intrigued to learn that Tijuana seems to be a base for a brigade of serious knitters and sewing guerrillas with sassy names like “Stitch and Bitch” and “The Magic Mushroom.”

I’ve always been fascinated by sub-cultures within Tijuana – Mixtec Indians, street vendors and bicyclists, to name a few –  because they represent the dynamics that make this city tick in ways that often elude the outside world’s attention. Whether they are pushing for change, leaving an artistic mark or just trying to scrape by, their stories help explain what it is to be Mexican while at the same time reflecting our globalization in small but significant ways.  

To view a larger version of the flyer, click here or click on the images.  The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m and the flyer has more specific information. For a general idea of where this is taking place you can search “Guanajuato Avenida Tijuana” on  Google maps.

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Screenshot from the blog of Elylu

More border coverage

picture-8KPBS San Diego released a multi-media project on border drug violence in collaboration with TijuanaPress.com: “Border Battle. Bringing the Drug War Home.” It includes a Google map mash-up that details suspected drug-related killings, statistics and trends  along the Tijuana-San Diego border in recent months. It also includes videos,  a glossary of lexicon inspired by drug violence, and explanations of some of the drug trafficking world’s players.  The site has links to topical KPBS articles and the multi-media component is done in both Spanish and English. I’m assuming that Amy Isackson, the KPBS San Diego border reporter, was actively involved in this impressive project. The Los Angeles Times has also created a multi-media website  to highlight its own impressive coverage of drug violence in Mexico,  though its site doesn’t have the same Tijuana focus.

Driving home from USC this evening,  I listened to more talk about the border on the radio show  “To the Point.” The topic: “Mexico’s Drug War: Mi Guerra es Tu Guerra.” The panel included Mexico specialists in academia as well as Newsweek’s Miami Bureau Chief Arian Campo-Flores and Los Angeles Times reporter Ken Ellingwood.  A few points brought up: Mexico’s development as a democracy has disrupted certain authoritarian tendencies that may have kept the violence in check in the past. The carnage can also be seen as the consequence of Mexico’s success in disrupting long-standing drug cartel groups.

To hear the discussion, as well as another report on “Is Mexico Losing Its War on Drugs?” you can go to KCRW’s web page

Screenshot of KPBS San Diego’s border violence map project