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Shortly before 7 p.m., Charles Carter sorts through his music. With concentration, he lays out 10 CDs by Spanish singer Julio Iglesias. Iglesias’ songs would soon travel across the airwaves from East Tennessee to as far as Hickory, North Carolina, thanks to Carter and the WETS-FM show “Ritmo Latino.”

Published in 2018

En el 2010, Michael Luchtan se aventuró hacia México con la esperanza de aprender español y estudiar la herencia mexicana por medio de su música.  A lo largo del camino, él esperaba encontrar conexiones con su propia cultura.

En el 2016, Rodrigo Guridi vino a la Universidad Estatal del Este de Tennessee (East Tennessee State University), conocido por sus siglas en inglés como ETSU, de Uruguay para seguir con sus estudios de música. Su amigo, Diego Núñez, lo seguiría después.

A través de "Arrabal," un trio de tango nacido del amor por la música de los tres hombres, las metas de Luchtan han sido alcanzadas.

 “La música no conoce fronteras”, Núñez dijo. “La gente solía cruzar fronteras y la música simplemente iba con la gente”.

Published in 2017

Martin Ceron nunca ha conocido a su hijo recién nacido, Enrique. Él [Martin] no ha puesto el pie en los EE.UU. en dos años. Mientras que él está en la ciudad de México, su esposa, Brenda Bustos, está a 2.000 millas lejos en Erwin, Tennessee. 

La familia está desgarrada como resultado de la legislación de EEUU sobre la inmigración de indocumentados. 

"Mis padres están aquí, pero él es mi familia", dijo Bustos. "Mi familia está allá abajo, y sé que él necesita mi apoyo".

Published in 2017

Marcelo Kramer comienza cada una de sus clases de capoeira con una lección de historia. Luego él pone una música, y espera que todos bailen. Sólo después de eso, comienzan las instrucciones en el arte marcial. Kramer, de 33 años, ha enseñado capoeira en el CPA[1] de la Universidad Estatal del Este de Tennessee (ETSU) desde mayo de 2016. Trabaja duro para incorporar la importancia cultural e histórica de la capoeira en los aspectos físicos de la clase.

Published in 2017

Martin Ceron has never met his newborn son Enrique. He has not set foot in the United States in two years. His wife, Brenda Bustos, is 2,000 miles away in Erwin, Tennessee, while he is in Mexico City.

The family is being torn apart as a result of U.S. legislation on illegal immigration.

“My parents are here, but he is my family,” said Bustos. “My family is down there, and I know he needs my support.”

Published in 2017

In 2010, Michael Luchtan set out on an adventure to Mexico, hoping to learn Spanish and study Mexican heritage through its music. Along the way, he hoped to find connections to his own culture.

In 2016, Rodrigo Guridi came to East Tennessee State University from Uruguay to continue his music studies. His friend Diego Núñez would later follow.

Through Arrabal, a tango trio born from the three men’s love of music, Luchtan’s goals have been realized.

“Music doesn’t know about borders,” Núñez said. “People used to cross borders and music would just go with the people.”

Published in 2017

Marcelo Kramer begins each of his capoeira classes with a history lesson. Then comes the music, and he expects everyone to join. Only after that does he begin instruction in the martial art.

Kramer, 33, has taught capoeira at ETSU’s Basler Center for Physical Activity since May 2016. He works hard to incorporate the cultural and historical significance of capoeira into the physical aspects of the class.

Published in 2017
Friday, 05 May 2017 16:49

Beatriz Cano Diaz

Beatriz Cano Diaz

After moving to the U.S. at 16, a Cuban immigrant begins her journey as a filmmaker in East Tennessee. By Audrey Love and Kelsey Tweed

Published in Video
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 17:00

Latina Leader

Latina Leader

As president of East Tennessee State University's Panhellenic Council, Tiffani Carrasco wants to bring more diversity to sororities. By Karthik Venkataraman and Leon Humphrey, Jr.

Published in Video
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 18:19

Tennis in Tennessee

Tennis in Tennessee

One came from Monterrey, Mexico. The other is from Barcelona, Spain. Together, Diego Nuñez and Robert Herrera are a winning partnership for ETSU men's tennis. By David Floyd and Jacob Townsend

Published in Video

A mother and her child are waiting for their two-year checkup at East Tennessee State University’s pediatric clinic when José Zepeda and a resident pediatrician enter the room.

“How’s our little girl?” said the doctor.

¿Cómo está la niña?” said Zepeda.

Muy bien!” said the mother of the child in question.

“She is very well,” said Zepeda to the doctor, glancing at the little girl with a smile.

The mother does not speak English and the doctor does not speak Spanish, but the seemingly endless questionnaire of things like, “How many servings of fruits and vegetables does she eat per day?” goes over with ease.

“There is an art to interpreting,” said Zepeda, a certified medical interpreter at ETSU Pediatrics. “My job is to help two people who cannot communicate with each other come together and be able to care for this child. That is why I love doing this.”

Published in 2015