Migrants and culture
Now Tijuana the city with the best dentists in Mexico, now has more culture and flavor in its streets, thanks to the migration of thousands of Haitians it is now possible to find restaurants where the menu is in Spanish and Creole, which is the language of speech daily in Haiti. In them, the traditional chicken, liver, beef, legumes, fish and rice are served, which make up the basic Haitian diet. The Caribbean delights, moreover, began to mix with the Mexican flavors to give a very powerful blend.
Of course, when they arrived, their initial goal was to enter the United States of America, they realized that the wait would be too long to enter legally through a request for a humanitarian refuge due to natural disaster, and that the word spread that many Haitians who were entering the United States were then sent back to their native country, losing all the investment they made to get here. That’s why a lot of Haitian women and men started asking for permission in small restaurants in Tijuana to use the kitchens of the food stores to find a way to sustain themselves. Some even later opened their own local Haitian food that was well received by Haitians as well as by Mexicans and foreigners, thus growing the gastronomy of the region.
And not everything is food, it’s also about culture and art because a Cuban artist living in Tijuana named Garzón created a beautiful mural inspired by a record that he made from the Haitian testimonies themselves, from the experiences that happened while in Tijuana and from the looks who woke up when they recognized this migratory process. Of those small stories, there is one that was very marked, that of a girl named Sonic, which reflected what was happening to her mother, who was pregnant, and how she imagined the birth of her sister or brother, says the artist plastic.
In the mural there are also references to the trip that these Haitians made for a good part of America, to the places they went through, says Garzón. Of an artistic style called ‘naïf’, the drawings compose an aesthetic, which although simple, expresses very well the complexity of the trip and the mixture that it generated.