We are excited to share the premier of this wonderful project from our friend Aldo.
After 4+ years of hard work on our documentary DREAM: An American Story, we are premiering seven webisodes culled from the film.
Go here to watch it online: http://www.dreamthedocumentary.com/
As Congress takes up the issue of immigration reform, it is incredibly important that a broad public come to understand what’s at stake. As you already know, I believe that it is imperative that Congress reform our dysfunctional immigration system…anything that you can do to help us in this cause would be greatly appreciated.
Please share the film with your family, friends, colleagues and networks and sign our petition at:http://www.causes.com/immigrationreform2013
Thank you for your support!
DREAM: An American Story
I was recently reading an incredibly interesting book, called False Mystics, about the Spanish Inquisition in Mexico that discusses what is known as “Double Mistaken Identity.” Double Mistaken Identity is most commonly used by Mexican ethno-historians in describing how, according to historian Nora Jaffary, “Catholic proselytizers and indigenous peoples misinterpret[ed] each others religious systems.” James Lockhart, in Nahuas after the Conquest, offers a definition of double mistaken identity in his discussion of how both Spaniards and Nahuas presumed a sense of shared commonalities between each other based on their religious beliefs. Lockhart explains that in these situations, “each side takes it that a given form or concept is essentially one already known to it, operating in much the same manner as in its own tradition, and hardly take cognizance of the other side’s interpretation.”
This made me think how we can apply double mistaken identity to our own lives today, and in the process of realizing its occurrence in our lives, make the world a little bit better. Misunderstandings, lack of tolerance, and a supposed supreme ethnocentric mentality creates the foundation for much of the hatred and feelings of ill will that both immigrants and citizens sometimes feel towards each other. Perhaps if we can overcome the inclination to presume somebody knows or understands something simply because it is so ingrained in us we take it for granted, perhaps a more complete and true understanding can occur between peoples with differing world views and systems of belief. I realize I am generally preaching to the choir here, but if perhaps we can educate at least one person regarding the nature of immigration in the United States we can hopefully lay a foundation for immigrants (undocumented and documented) and citizens to find a true commonality in our humanity in a fashion that allows for all peoples to partake of the wonderful benefits our great nation has to offer.
As part of an Immigration Politics course I am taking this semester I am required to read a scholarly article just about every other day. As I read these articles I am going to try and submit something from each of them here on the site. This will not only allow me to rethink about the things I am reading but hopefully provide some insights to our reader's without requiring them to read these 50 page articles themselves.
The first article is “Ethics of Labor Immigration Policy” by Martin Ruhs and Ha-Joon Chang. What I thought was most useful from the article is the proposed framework to base immigration policy formation off of. Continue reading