On Alexandria Drive, in the heart of Lexington’s barrio (called “Mexington”), multiple businesses use the name “Aguascalientes”: supermarkets, bakeries, taquerías, a sports bar, and more.This concentrated naming convention is always a telltale sign that a particular diaspora has set up camp in an American city.When I interviewed her for an SFA oral history project in 2015, a different group of Mexicans dominated life in the Bluegrass.
The other two put quantity over quality and are not genuine. Growing up, I didn’t consider myself Mexican, or American, or even Mexican-American.We didn’t like mariachi; we preferred tamborazo, Mexican brass bands. Transplant micro-communities in the United States date to when Italians adopted New York City neighborhoods according to their home provinces, and Irish-Americans sung ballads about the good days in County Cork or Kerry.We didn’t wear sombreros; we liked tejanas, our name for Stetsons (it translates as “Texans”—go figure). Micro-communities remain the best way to understand Mexican migration in the South.Despite this new wave, little research has been done on h entering the United States in 2010, according to the Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior (Institute of Mexicans Abroad).
Many come from La Huasteca, the region I described during a Southern Foodways symposium in 2012 as the South’s brothers from another migration reflects much modern-day Mexican migration to the States: people come from Southern Mexico, and are frequently indigenous.Their isolation led to the cultivation of traditions—dances, foods, music—that define one of the lesser-known stories from the African diaspora.Costa Chica migration to North Carolina is, arguably, credited to one man: Viterbo Calleja-Garcia.In 1978, while working at a ranch in Texas, a smuggler told him there was better money in the tobacco fields of the Tar Heel State.He went, found the living good, then sent word to relatives in Cuajinicuilapa and in Santa Ana, California, where an Afro-Mexican community had already established itself.There are 3 Mexican burrito places in the IFSC and this is by far the best. They do a loyalty card which gives you a free meal after 9 purchases. The place itself is quite small although I believe they're adding seating upstairs.