¿QPM? 13: Searching for Identidad.

Mar 7, 2018
Amy Gastelum

After an abusive childhood in Mexico, Amy's grandfather started telling people he was Italian. He says, “nothing good comes out of Mexico. Nothing."

His identity is his business, but Amy knows she's not Italian. As a mixed race Latina with no cultural connection to Mexico, she struggles to express her racial and ethnic identity. 

An Immigration Center proposed to be built in Elkhart, Indiana, a city big on agriculture, mainly built on manufacturing and close to big areas with large Latino populations, represented a clear threat to Latinos in the area. Many protests halted the proposed center from coming along but people are still nervous about the possible outcome.

¿QPM? 9: Arte, cultura and the conservative Midwest.

Jan 10, 2018

A look at how Latino art and culture has influenced the Midwest and how it's celebrated where it's people may not feel welcomed.  

¿QPM? 5: Undocumented sin saber. Finding DACA.

Dec 13, 2017
Mareea Thomas

Imagine establishing a life in a foreign country that then becomes home - mi casa- even more than where you come from. That’s how twenty one year old Laura Ayala feels.

See, Laura can navigate the city of Cincinnati easier than she can travel through the roads of Bogota, Colombia because she moved from Colombia when she was just four. . Cuando estaba cerca de graduarse de High School, empezó su busquedad for the best university.

¿QPM? 4: Cooking Sofrito en el Midwest

Dec 7, 2017
Mareea Thomas

Finding the ingredients to feel close to home is always a hassle. Here's my journey finding achiote for my Puertorican Sofrito in the Midwest, how that becomes part of my identity and why Latino-owned businesses it matters.