Jan. 8, 2009
This posting, along with an episode from another podcast in which I was interviewed, may seem to digress a bit from our pure episodes of Mexican folklorico music and culture. But because the first part of the interview dealt with this podcast series, I have included it as an espisode, thanks to Victor Cajiao and his podcast series, Immigration Tales.
For those who may want only to listen to the folklorico music and dance content, then I will post the next episode shortly -- with the theme of las danzas indigenas precolombianas. So be advised that we will deliver that to you soon.
However, on Friday afternoon, 15 June 2007, I had the privilege of discussing my story of being an immigrant to the United States--not once, but twice. I was fortunate to collaborate with Victor Cajiao, the Podcaster of the Immigration Tales podcast on iTunes.
Victor was the interviewer, and I the interviewee.
You can listen to the mp3 file here on this episode; or you can subscribe to the series on iTunes; or you can go to the Immigration Tales web site.
In short, Victor started with questions and curiosity about my entrance into podcasting with the current podcast of Arriba! Folklorico Music and Dance of Mexico. He liked the introductory music of the podcast's episode 3 (Veracruz, the Jarocho Music, and El Son de la Bamba) that he used the outdoor ampitheatre festivities at Fiesta in San Antonio, Texas as the beginning of his episode 13 for Immigration Tales. I did describe my entrance into podcasting as a passion for the history of the Mexican culture, in particular, the folklorico music and dance of my native Mexico.
Victor also then spent some time on my immigration experiences from Mexico to the USA, as well as my adjustment and acculturation.
However, the different twist in this Immigration Tales podcast was that I had another immigration story -- and that was when, as a combat infantryman who had just finished serving a tour of duty in Vietnam during the past war, I had a migration upon returning to the United States from Vietnam.
Needless to say, my love of folklorico music and dance will keep me posting episodes. I do plan the next one to include the cultural origins of the folklore from the pre-Columbian era--the dances and music of the indigenous tribes (like the Aztecs) that populated Mexico with their civilizations before the arrival of the Spaniards and the conquistadores. I will make sure to include some content of the dances performed in Tenochtitlan, which is present-day Mexico City.
But my thanks to Victor Cajiao for his enthusiasm for the theme of Immigration, his professionalism as an interviewer and his passion for podcasting. And, yes, Victor is himself one of the subjects of Immigration Tales, as he is a Cuban immigrant to the USA. His story is the first episode, and I strongly suggest that you visit his web site and listen to it (or subscribe to the series in iTunes).
In case you haven't listened to Victor before, he did have a previous podcast series called the Typical PC User podcast. Although he has completed the run of that podcast, he has another series (if you are a user of Apple's computers), called Typical Mac User podcast. He shares a lot of good and useful information to the community of computer users in this platform.