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Esther J. Cepeda

Esther J. Cepeda
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“Mi columna se centra en la experiencia de ser estadounidense —cómo ha evolucionado en el curso de mi generación y cuál es su sabor, sonido, aroma y color cuando la vive una hija de inmigrantes latinoamericanos.”
“Como mi historia personal se relaciona, en gran medida, con la manera en que el gran crisol de razas que es Estados Unidos se integra y bulle, los temas sobre los que escribo más a menudo —educación, salud, política, negocios, políticas gubernamentales, cultura— son un reflejo de las diversas experiencias y problemas que surgen como consecuencia de los rápidos cambios demográficos que están teniendo lugar en nuestro país.”
Esther J. Cepeda está viviendo la historia estadounidense por antonomasia.

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Hatred, hatred, and more hatred of Latinos spilling across the country

 08/29/2010 - 12:03
Hatred, hatred, and more hatred of Latinos spilling across the country

Excerpt from just one of the many letters I received after having included the phrase "the current anti-immigrant atmosphere" in a recent column:"Unfortunately you are mistaken in using the phrase 'anti-immigration atmosphere'. Many American citizens with brown, black, white, or even yellow skin are angry with ILLEGAL immigrants and the damage they have done to our country.

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Esther Cepeda

Closing the digital divide one government app at a time

 08/19/2010 - 11:48
Closing the digital divide one government app at a time

Welcome to the brave new world of social (media) government -- a world where you can use mobile phone apps to get information from Uncle Sam so you don't actually have to talk to him.

On July 2, the White House relaunched its usa.gov website and rolled out 20 sleek new multiplatform apps that allow phones to perform wonders such as reading bar-codes and searching the database of Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls, and getting up-to-the minute travel advisories from the Transportation Security Administration.

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Esther Cepeda

Latinos following Irish immigrants' path to power

 06/23/2010 - 11:41
Latinos following Irish immigrants' path to power

DUBLIN, Ireland -- This column is a love note to the country that has -- more than any other -- made Chicago what it is today: a city defined by a group of immigrants who came to the U.S. tired and poor but overcame institutionalized discrimination to become a politically empowered majority.

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Esther Cepeda

May brings high risk of suicide among high school and college students

 05/31/2010 - 16:59
May brings high risk of suicide among high school and college students

It's that time of the year. The time of the year when the pressures of grades, final papers, home stresses and uncertainty about the future combine with youthful angst to create life-threatening hazardous conditions.

The time of year when my teacher and professor friends are happy the school year is almost over but lamenting the number of students in their classes who are missing finals because they've been hospitalized with stress-related ailments or full-blown depression.

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Esther Cepeda

Moms get a day -- what they really need is a good job

 05/07/2010 - 05:44
Moms get a day -- what they really need is a good job

This week, people across the land will buy pink, frilly, and/or shiny
stuff to commemorate the Herculean effort their moms put into birthing
and raising them. As if brunch and a gift card to the local nail spa
could ever really express anyone's gratitude for not being left by the
side of the road after a particularly colicky night!

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Esther Cepeda

Los rezagos del apartheid sudafricano

 04/08/2010 - 15:21
Los rezagos del apartheid sudafricano

La tensión a raíz del asesinato del histórico líder ultraconservador
Eugène Terreblanche, quien luchó en las décadas de los ochentas y
noventas por mantener el apartheid en Sudáfrica, no pondría en riesgo el
Mundial de fútbol en junio, según autoridades del país africano; pese a
que las heridas del periodo no han sanado del todo.

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Teach kids to love learning, not just to learn how to earn

 03/23/2010 - 12:33
Teach kids to love learning, not just to learn how to earn

Whether straining to Leave No Child Behind or Race to the Top, there's
no question that this country's leadership is zeroing in on education
from kindergarden through college. Most specifically, they're working on
the academic gap between the haves and have-nots domestically and on
the gap between the United States and other affluent countries.

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Esther Cepeda

Coffee or Tea party? Whatever your cup, roll up your sleeves

 03/13/2010 - 11:40
Coffee or Tea party? Whatever your cup, roll up your sleeves

I remember my first Tea Party invitation. The "hosts" were a group ofloosely federated regional anti-illegal immigration groups, the occasion
was Tax Day, and the call to action was to "protest to demand the end

of taxation without representation."

The particular bone ofcontention was Gov. Quinn's then-proposed tax increase, described
thusly: "Governor Quinn says he must raise your income tax because he
doesn't have enough money to pay for all the social welfare benefits

demanded by the illegal alien invaders."

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Esther Cepeda

It's a perfect time to get reacquainted with Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime

 02/28/2010 - 08:30
It's a perfect time to get reacquainted with Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime

I've been on an insane Scott Joplin bender for two weeks now. I woke up two Saturdays ago thinking about ragtime and didn't even wait to get out of bed -- I downloaded 37 different rags straight into my iPod and have been obsessively playing them all over and over and over again ever since.

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Esther Cepeda

Volunteers help make tax time a little less taxing for low-income

 02/20/2010 - 06:00
Volunteers help make tax time a little less taxing for low-income

Me? I'm as nice as the next guy. I'll help people pick up dropped parcels, shovel the elderly neighbor's walk, drop a buck in the donation jar, that sort of thing.

But I'm not that nice: I've never once volunteered in a soup kitchen or spent time hanging out with the grannies in the nursing home -- it takes a very, very special person to give away their time or talent to others. Especially when that talent is highly in demand and can be charged at a premium.

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Esther Cepeda

How to deal with violent DVDs, games for kids

 12/07/2009 - 11:16
How to deal with violent DVDs, games for kids

'Tis the season to be jolly! You're stuffed from the turkey and trimmings, all the relatives have been placated for the time being, and the Christmas carols haven't gotten on your nerves yet.

But things are moving quickly. There are greeting cards to mail, people to visit, electronic gadgets to hunt down and parties to get to. You're busy. Verrrrry busy. And stressed out, and even a little overwhelmed . . . ummmm, maybe this is not the time to ask for a favor?

Well, here I go anyway, but I'll make it as simple as possible: Please feed me.

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Esther Cepeda

Economic tier scheme for CPS selective enrollment schools: go back to the drawing board

 11/16/2009 - 11:53
Economic tier scheme for CPS selective enrollment schools: go back to the drawing board

Looking back on it, I just don’t know how I made it in.

Growing up at Addison and Lincoln there was no question where I wanted to go to high school: the gorgeous, ivy-covered walls of Albert G. Lane Technical High School up the street at Addison and Western.

The place where, every time I mentioned it, older folks would say "that place, yeah, my brother went there…before they let girls in."

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Esther Cepeda

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