By Ramon Eduardo Ruiz
Publish 12 months note: First released September tenth 1998
The giant stretch of in general arid lands and deserts that makes up the border among Mexico and the U.S. is not just one of many longest foreign obstacles on the planet, separating solely diverse international locations for greater than thousand miles, it's the backdrop for a doubtless unending sequence of significant binational information tales.
Witness the headline-grabbing recognition garnered through NAFTA and the worldwide financial system; the meeting vegetation classified saviors of the Mexican negative; the money owed applauding the catch of Mexican drug lords; and the columns upon columns dedicated to tales approximately unlawful immigration. Nowhere else does a negative, 3rd international state, like Mexico, proportion a typical border with a prosperous, robust neighbor del otro lado (on the opposite side). the following, as one is going, so is going the other.
On the Rim of Mexico: Encounters of the wealthy and Poor addresses the binds and asymmetries around the Mexico-U.S. border, from Tijuana/San Diego to Matamoros/Brownsville. in keeping with writer Ramón Eduardo Ruiz’s large examine, travels, remembrances, and first-hand interviews with the folks at the Mexican aspect, the booklet probes the heritage, economics, and customs that have formed this quarter this day. whereas the writer considers many well timed concerns (the effect of drug trafficking, criminal and unlawful immigration, meeting crops and the worldwide economic climate, and the ecological catastrophe within the making), the booklet is additionally an exam of the borderlands themselves: what they're, how they got here to be, and salient features of lifestyles during this zone of the realm.
Moreover, it's an exploration of binational topics. For Mexicans who stay and die round the corner to the almighty Uncle Sam, approximately every thing has a binational ring—even own id. On the Rim of Mexico is a relocating portrait of the folk, areas, and concerns which makeup border existence at the present time.
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