Home Country: Mexico
What is something about your country that others may not know about?
“ In my country children live with their parents much later in life. It is common for grandchildren, aunts, cousins, and siblings to live in the same house. It seems to me that parents here in the USA want to kick you out once you turn eighteen.”
Is there a cultural custom about your country you like most?
“The customs I miss most has to be the food. You can go to a ‘Mexican’ restaurant, but it does not taste like home.”
What challenges did you face when entering the USA?
“The biggest problem I had was the language.”
What do you miss most about your country?
“I miss my family the most.”
What do you like most about the USA?
“ I like the career opportunities. In my country there were not a lot of options for a career. Your choices were very limited. Here it seems the possibilities are endless.”
CPCC has students from all around the world, and Mexico is the country of origin for more than 600 CPCC students. As the holidays approach, why not try this tasty dish from the Mexican state of Puebla? Tinga has many versions and can be served as an appetizer or a main dish. This version is simple to make and you may even find most of the ingredients already in your fridge!
Tinga de Pollo (Chicken Tinga)
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 large onion, chopped
6 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 small can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
bag of tostada shells (about 16 shells)
1 container of crema Mexicana (or sour cream)
Vegetable oil for sautéing
Salt and pepper to taste
- Boil the chicken breasts until no longer pink (about 25 minutes). Reserve the water for later.
- Remove the chicken from the water and shred. Set aside.
- In a large pan, sauté onions in oil until translucent.
- Add tomatoes and sauté until for about 10 more minutes.
- Add shredded chicken and mix together.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add some of the water if the mixture is too thick. The mixture should look a little soupy, but not watery.
- Add the sauce from the chipotle peppers can. You can add the actual peppers too, but they are spicy so watch out!
- Serve warm on tostadas and top with crema.
Did you know CPCC has students from all over the world? In celebration of this, the Diversity Committee will highlight the top 10 countries that represent our International Students.
Mexico has been home to advanced civilizations – including the Olmec, Maya, Toltec and Aztec – for thousands of years. Mexico remained under Spanish control for nearly 300 years until the Mexican people rose up against the Spanish in 1810. The country celebrates the Independence Day on September 15-16.
- Industry: Food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel
- Agriculture: Corn, wheat, soybeans, rice; beef, wood products
- Exports: Manufactured goods, oil and oil products, silver, fruits, vegetables
Education is mandatory from ages 6 through 18. Education is one of the Government of Mexico’s highest priorities. A rapid rise also occurred in higher education. Between 1959 and 2000, college enrollments rose from 62,000 to more than 2.0 million.
Favorite Sports: Soccer and bullfighting
Some fun facts:
- Mexico introduced chocolate, corn and chilies to the world.
- Actor Anthony Quinn was the first Mexican to win an Academy Award for his role in 1952 movie “Viva Zapata.”
- Mexico is the most populated Spanish-speaking country in the world.
- Did you know that Mexico City sinks 10 inches each year because it is built on a lake?
- Mexico is the largest salt producers in the world.
- Mexico City hosted the nineteenth Olympic Games in 1968. It is the only Latin American country to do so.
- Mexican children are given both their father’s last name and their mother’s maiden name. This tradition helps preserve the heritage of both parents.
- The National University of Mexico was founded in 1551 and is the oldest university in North America.