Identity, culture, and migration

Chino: The City in the Night

city lights at night

And what is this?

That’s another one of the city and the night, so you see the big lights that are putting their light on the whole area next to the wall and the lights of the town Nogales, downtown Nogales in Mexico. So you can see it all in that place, you can see the lights on the side of the U.S and the lights on the town. And always with the wall.

Chino: The Church Brothers Giving Us Food

people passing out food outside

How does it feel to come here and get breakfast and then go there and get lunch? How does it feel?

Well it is really good because we get a lot of people supporting us and helping us. It is really good to have good help of food and other things. So here they are serving. These are the brothers of the church. The one that has the red shirt he’s the minister, the Pastor, and then others are the ones helping and they are serving the soup for us. So the picture before is of the line-up and here they are serving us the soup. There’s more serving and here there’s…

Chino: The Line-Up

line of people

We’re waiting for these brothers from church, they bring us soup at noon… It feels good because we get a lot of people supporting us.


Estamos esperando a estos hermanos de la iglesia, nos traen sopa a medio día... se siente bien porque hay muchas personas que nos están apoyando.

Chino: A Haircut

man getting haircut

Now this one of a haircut…

Yes, that is after being here, we go to the [inaudible] and there was this guy who has a hair cutting machine and he was cutting the hair of this other guy from Guatemala. So he said, oh can you take my picture, so I took his picture. So, yeah, he gave me permission. So there at the Groupoetta they do haircuts. So yes, this guy does the haircut and he asked you to make a donation of whatever you want to give him.

And did you get your haircut?

Yes, mine too. I also had a haircut.

Chino: Walmart Parking Lot

Chino in parking garage

How did you take it?

I put it on the timer. I did it myself. So I learned how to do the timer!

And why did you do it at Walmart?

Well, because I liked it and I was going with somebody from here, from the Keno Group to pick up something that I had been sent from the U.S. and he went in there to pick up something and I was waiting in the car so I took advantage of being in the parking lot and I took the pictures. So there is three pictures of me there in the parking lot of Walmart, all taken with the self timer of the camera.

Armando & Mariana: We Were Very Desperate, with Nothing in Our Stomachs

I get up at 6 am, and I get the kids ready to go to school, and then my work starts at 7. I cook for the migrants who come to the Comedor. Sometimes it’s eggs with chili, or zucchinis, rice, beans, whatever there is to make, because everything here is from donations. I do this with love because everybody who comes here after being deported
reminds me of when I got here after being deported. I was one of them. I was and I still am a migrant here in Nogales, but I’m now established here. We now live here and work at the Comedor.

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