The Voices of the Workers | Maria Itaka & Sergio "Yeyo" Beltran (ENG)
In this episode, we are joined by friends in Oaxaca, Maria Itaka and Sergio "Yeyo" Beltran.
Born and raised in Oaxaca, María has a major in English Language and Literature from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), with a specialization in translation. After many years of working for tourism-based projects, she now works independently, providing specialized content production services that create authentic, soulful material that aims to benefit the places where the work is being done.
Sergio Beltrán Arruti -better known as Yeyo- was born and raised in Mexico City. He moved to Oaxaca in 1997 to support and learn from indigenous communities. Sergio is the co-founder of the Universidad de la Tierra in Oaxaca (Unitierra) and of Herramientas Para Buen Vivir, AC. In 2010, he was part of the pioneering team of the Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversations in Spanish, and has organized multiple intercultural meetings around the world using these tools for dialogue.
Together, we discuss about the invasion of post-pandemic tourists/expatriates in Mexico, the consequences of gentrification in Oaxaca, the drought here, the idea oftravelers versus tourists, the eco-washing of the tourism industry, and the McDonaldization of tourism. We then continued with themes of "cultivating versus consuming culture," worker solidarity in the tourism industry, the notion that charity is not solidarity, and bringing a foundation of philosophy to the tourism industry.
Season 2 is dedicated to our late friend and mentor Gustavo Esteva, grandfather, sage, and co-founder of Universidad de la Tierra in Oaxaca, Mexico. These episodes have been planned and organized in collaboration with our colleagues from Unitierra Oaxaca.
They are dispatches of the resistance.
Post-pandemic tourist/expat invasions
Consequences of gentrification in Oaxaca
Travellers versus Tourists
Tourist Industry Greenwashing/Authenticity Posing
McDonaldsization of Tourism
Cultivating versus Consuming Culture
How Might it be Different?
Working Class Solidarity in Oaxaca’s Tourism Industry
Charity is not Solidarity
Bringing a Foundation of Philosophy to Travel
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