In his book “The Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition,” scholar David Hayes-Bautista examines the history of today’s holiday celebration. He reveals that Cinco de Mayo, a holiday commemorating a Mexican victory over French invaders in 1862, is not really a festivity born in Mexico, but a celebration created in California by Latinos and Mexican immigrants.
Guest: Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, professor of medicine, Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. Author of “El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition,” http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520272132
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