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The Plastic Phenomenon: A Wiser Perspective

An Interview about Plastics

The process of creating this video interview provided me with different opportunities for learning. Using iMovie, I was able to edit the interview to create a cohesive final product, and I utilized Creative Commons music for sound. Because of my knowledge of Spanish language and culture, I was able to conduct the interview in the interviewee's native language, and I produced a textual translation for English-speakers (see link to the right).

  • Context & Problem: Hispanics are the largest minority group in the United States, and older people make up the largest age bracket. Although, many times, these groups are overlooked when working towards change (in this case, an effort to reduce plastic waste and consumption) because of resistant mindsets and cultural barriers.

  • Audience: The older generation, English-speaking, Spanish-speaking, or bilingual

  • Success: This video interview effectively represents two groups that are generally overlooked (older people and the Hispanic population) and contextualizes the importance of plastic reduction in their lives.

Caricature in Latin America

A Report in the Context of the Mexican Revolution

Writing this paper required me to have a foundational understanding of Latin American politics. satire, and culture. In order to show the necessary role of caricature in expressing political disapproval, I had to analyze several political cartoons from the newspaper (pictured to the left) entitled El Hijo de Ahuizote. Ultimately, I was able to use my Latin background and Spanish communication skills to discuss a historically nuanced aspect of Latin American political culture.

  • Context & Problem: Latin America has a history of political unrest, and satire plays an important role in voicing government disapproval. The first form of satire was used caricatures. Many people could not read, and modern technology was nonexistent. Therefore, newspapers and their published political cartoons were the prime medium for protest. 

  • Audience: Spanish-speaking individuals seeking to better understand the history and origins of satire in Latin America

  • Success: This report effectively explains the critical role of satire, originally expressed in caricature, in Latin American culture during the Mexican Revolution. It analyzes the ways in which people of the Latinx community used caricatures in political cartoons to express their unhappiness with the government. 

In order to protect this unpublished work, only the first three pages of the report have been included. Please contact me for more information.

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