Viva Mexico! Mexican Independence Day (worldwide and Vancouver)

Banderas de México y souvenirs I’m proud to be Mexican, I’m proud of the culture, the heritage, the food, the very talented people that Mexico has. It pains me, annoys me and irks me when I find that a number of (not-very-well-informed) folks see Mexico as a country of corrupt, lazy, not very smart people. There are bad apples anywhere in the world. I have lived in North America, I’ve lived in Europe and I have found corruption, laziness and stupidity everywhere I’ve gone. Some of the Mexicans I know are amongst the world’s most talented. Paola Espinosa, the reigning World Diving Champion, is Mexican.

Two of my brothers were National Chess Champions (several times both of them) and they are both Mexican. I can remember at least off the top of my head, four distinguished Mexicans who have reached high stature in international organizations, including Jose Angel Gurria (current Secretary General of the OECD), Rosario Green (former second-in-command to former UN Secretary General Boutros-Boutros Gali), Dr. Julio Frenk (Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health and former high-level World Health Organization official) and Alicia Barcena Ibarra (the current United Nations Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, ECLAC). And of course, many of my beloved friends are Mexican (and many of my fellow and very talented academic colleagues are as well).

Mexico is a beautiful country, and even if it is not my home right now (because well, first of all, I am a citizen of the world and I have lived in many countries, and second of all, because I live in Vancouver now), it will always be in many ways the place where I came from. As my friend HZ says, home is where I live and where my parents are, and since my parents are in Mexico, one of my homes is and always be there.

Felicidades, Mexico en tu Dia de la Independencia! I know that Mexico Fest is happening here in Vancouver from September 10th to 17th, and you can check their events here. I think the meaning of the Mexican Independence Day has been diluted here in Canada with so many Latin American independence day celebrations, but for me, it is still an important day. Too bad I cannot give a Grito de Dolores here!

Related posts:

  1. Happy Independence Day, Mexico! Feliz Dia de la Independencia, Mexico!
  2. Happy belated Independence Day, Mexico!
  3. Mexican Independence Day 2010 – Celebrating a bicentennial anniversary
  4. Mexican Independence Day in Vancouver 2008
  5. Viva Mexico!

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