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For José Barrera, his love of Salsa is more than just a personal taste: it helps distinguish him as a Salvadoran-Canadian from the various other communities he's met in Canada. Barrera’s life story and experiences with preserving and adapting traditional Salvadoran foods offer a window into the complex issues of migrant communities in finding their place in Manitoba’s mosaic through food and other parts of their culture.


Episode Credits

Interview participant: José Barrera

Written and Narrated by Jackson Wayne Anderson

Produced by Kent Davies

Episode Image by Kimberley Moore

Theme Music by Robert Kenning

Music

Kevin MacLeod – "Quasi Motion"

TAKANAKUY – "Beber"

TAKANAKUY – "Una copla me han cantando"

TAKANAKUY – "Lugar"

TAKANAKUY – "Dolor patriarcal"

Maria Pien - "Aloe"

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Barrera, José. Interview by Jackson Anderson, Winnipeg Manitoba, 11 December 2017, Oral History Centre, University of Winnipeg. 

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Preserves is made possible by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and assistance from the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg.

 

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