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Caption: Maria Isabel with Arthur Douglas and Bena Dee Rhodes., Credit: Isabel Campos
Image by: Isabel Campos 
Maria Isabel with Arthur Douglas and Bena Dee Rhodes. 

La Oportunidad

From: Victoria Campos
Length: 06:49

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How two Americans found an intelligent Mexican girl, and changed her entire family.

Fosterparents_small How two Americans found an intelligent Mexican girl, and changed her entire family.

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Review of La Oportunidad

This piece resonates with me a lot, not only because it is beautifully recorded and edited, but because my father had a similar experience immigrating to the United States from a small village in the Peruvian Andes. He too was invited to study abroad, his opportunity coming from two American anthropologists. These experiences involve uprooting, family separation, and brave individuals whose stories are important to the American narrative. According to Maria Isabel, whose voice we hear throughout the piece, this experience changed her life for the better. For me, this story also brings up realities of white supremacy and privilege, colonialism and patriarchy.

Victoria Campos did an incredible job recording and editing this piece so that it really moves the listener. The music was a great touch and helped the piece flow smoothly. I could definitely imagine it being a part of the new series “The Hidden World of Girls” hosted by Tina Fey. I would love to hear a longer version of the story that spoke about Maria Isabel’s life in the United States.

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Maria Elena Ry Cooder The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed. Rhino 2008 04:32
Naila Lila Downs La Sanduga. Cloud People Music 1999 03:32
Cancion Mixteca Ry Cooder Music by Ry Cooder. Warner Bros. Records Inc. 1995 04:15
Cancion Mixteca (Intro) [Feat. Ry Cooder] Chieftains San Patricio. Blackrock Records LLC. 2010 02:54