Cecilia Rosales Ph.D.

Let’s celebrate

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Since 1988, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15. During this time, we officially celebrate and acknowledge the contributions made by Hispanic Americans to our nation. 

Around the state, local museums, libraries and community groups will present special activities to celebrate the occasion. In the Phoenix-metro area, the Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix Art Museum and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will host special activities, performances, or film screenings. 

The ubiquitous mariachi, taco, chili, and tequila festivals, salsa dancing and edible salsa challenges (and even Chihuahua dog pageants) will pop up throughout the month-long observance. Their authenticity, alas, will lie on the eye–or the palate—of the beholder.  

The same can be said about the subject of this month’s cover story, the enchilada. As Ruben Hernandez points out in his article, whether with our without sauce, made out of special tortillas— or of the plain white corn kind—regardless of the stuffing, this Mexican delight, with its multiple regional variations, and U.S. adaptations, exemplifies the rich diversity within our culture; a slice of which we capture in each issue of Latino Perspectives Magazine.

As we celebrate LPM’s 8th anniversary, we invite you to join us on September 7, 2012 at the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center (ALAC) in downtown Phoenix—147 East Adams Street. Come enjoy delicious food and live music from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free, but we kindly ask that you RSVP here. 

In the meantime, reminisce with us.  Go to our on-line archives (latinopm.com/lpm-issues) and take a peek at the stories we have published in 96 issues throughout the years. Visit our Facebook page (facebook.com/latinopm) and tell us which issue has been your fave. In the upcoming months, we’ll share some of our readers’ picks and other memorable LPM stories. 

Thanks for reading, and for sharing.

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