U.S. flags and fan­cy homes in Gua­te­ma­la

L’at­ta­che­ment des Gua­té­mal­tèques ren­trés au pays en­vers les États-Unis.

Vocable (Anglais) - - Édito | Sommaire - KIRK SEMPLE

Chaque an­née, des cen­taines de mil­liers de Gua­té­mal­tèques tra­versent la fron­tière mexi­caine pour s’ins­tal­ler aux États-Unis, à la re­cherche d’une source de re­ve­nus pour leur fa­mille. Cette im­mi­gra­tion s’est par­ti­cu­liè­re­ment in­ten­si­fiée de­puis 2007. Un lien so­cio-éco­no­mique et af­fec­tif très fort s’est ain­si tis­sé entre les deux pays et, au Gua­te­ma­la, les sym­boles amé­ri­cains abondent.

Chi­var­re­to, Gua­te­ma­la — Per­ched high on a moun­tain slope above a ham­let in Gua­te­ma­la, the si­gn is hard to miss: 10 me­tal let­ters, each 33-feet-high and pain­ted white, spel­ling out the town’s

name. “CHI­VAR­RE­TO.” That the si­gn calls to mind a much more fa­mous one, in Sou­thern Ca­li­for­nia, is no ac­ci­dent. Re­si­dents proud­ly re­fer to their ham­let as “Lit­tle Hol­ly­wood,” and their as­so­cia­tion with that cor­ner of Ame­ri­ca is heart­felt.

2. The si­gn was the idea of a group of immigrants from Chi­var­re­to who were li­ving in the Los An­geles re­gion and wan­ted to do so­me­thing for their bir­th­place, a ges­ture that both ho­no­red the ham­let and un­ders­co­red its ties to the mi­grants’ adop­ted

(Da­niele Volpe/The New York Times)

A house being built in Gua­te­ma­la with mo­ney from a mi­grant wor­ker in North Ca­ro­li­na, near Chiant­la.

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