However, these tijuanenses have made an impact. The cultural program called Kobra in Sweden aired a segment last year dedicated to Tijuana. Going beyond the boundaries (or as the recently deceased Uruguayan Mario Benedetti said, salir de la comarca) is a badge of honor for many and certainly for me as well. I am particularly impressed by the accolades and prizes some of my fellow citizens win, such as Omar Pimienta’s recent poetry book award in Spain. No small feat, and the award came along with 8000 Euros.
Other sources that bespeak of a spirit to move on despite the harsh conditions imposed on the tijuanense are an abundance of mass media communication. More than ever, there are many radio stations, television shows, and the internet, which houses an even larger cornucopia of media.
Are you paying attention, San Diego?
Julio Sueco is native of Tijuana. His real name is Julio César Martínez. He calls himself a xicano tijuanense and has both lived and resided in the Californias…that is, Baja California and California. He currently resides in the Swedish highlands, where he is a high school teacher and teaches English and Spanish as a second language. You can find his website at yonderliesit.org
You can read the Spanish version here.