On the Rim of Mexico: Encounters of the Rich and Poor

Synopsis

On the Rim of Mexico addresses the ties & asymmetries across the Mexico-U.S. border, from Tijuana/San Diego to Matamoros/Brownsville. Based on author Ramon Ruiz's extensive travels, remembrances, & first-hand interviews with the people of the Mexican side, the book probes the history, economics, & customs which have shaped this region today. While the author considers many timely issues: the impact of drug trafficking, legal & illegal immigration, assembly plants & the global economy, & the ecological disaster in the making, the book is also an examination of the borderlands themselves: what they are, how they came to be, & salient aspects of life in this region of the world. Moreover, it is an exploration of binational themes. For Mexicans who live & die next door to the almighty Uncle Sam, nearly everything has a binational ring-even personal identity. On the Rim of Mexico is a moving portrait of the people, places, & issues which make-up border life today.

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