Evan Chandler



It takes the Village

It was 1979. Joaquín Vázquez of Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico, had just started living on the South Side of Chicago. When he initially arrived, he remembers sharing a room with nine people. Still, it was time to leave his hometown situated between Guadalajara and León for “work reasons.” “There weren’t many opportunities [in Mexico,]” Vázquez said. “I had to make the decision to look elsewhere.”

St. Lawrence Church, taken April 23, 2023 in Muncie. Evan Chandler, DN

From 8 to 80

Esmeralda Sánchez knew something wasn’t right in Muncie, Indiana. As a first-generation Mexican-American living in Indianapolis from age 2 to 29, Sánchez had become used to a location with a vibrant and lively culture. In the downtown area of the capital city, Sánchez said there were multiple churches offering Spanish services, as well as taquerías, or taco shops, among other things. For her, seeing resources like these showed her there was an active community around her, something she said one Mexican restaurant can’t do.

St. Lawrence Church, taken April 23, 2023 in Muncie. Evan Chandler, DN

De 8 a 80

Esmeralda Sánchez sabía que algo no estaba bien en Muncie, Indiana. Como mexicana-americana de primera generación viviendo en Indianápolis de los 2 hasta los 29 años, Sánchez se había acostumbrado a una ubicación con una cultura vibrante y viva. En el centro de la ciudad, ella dijo que había varias iglesias que ofrecían la misa en español, y taquerías también, entre otras cosas. Para ella, ver recursos como estos le demostró que había una comunidad activa a su alrededor, algo que ella dijo que un solo restaurante mexicano no puede hacer. 


Se requiere el Village

Era el año 1979. Joaquín Vázquez de Arandas, Jalisco, México, apenas había empezado a vivir en el sur de Chicago. Cuando inicialmente llegó, él recuerda que compartía un cuarto con nueve personas. Aun así, era hora de irse de su ciudad natal ubicada entre Guadalajara y León por “razones de trabajo”. “[En México] no había muchas oportunidades”, dijo Vázquez. “Tuve que tomar la decisión de mirar para [los Estados Unidos]”.

Fruits and vegetables in a cooler a 3 Hermanos Supermarket in Muncie, Ind. April 16, 2023. J. Doudt

Un negocio familiar

On a typical Saturday afternoon, the parking lot near 3 Hermanos Supermarket off of Wheeling Avenue in Muncie can be seen filled with people and cars. Music can be heard from open windows of trucks, and people scatter in and out of the small market, either joining or leaving the line that’s formed down the center of the store.

Attendee of the ACLU Rally to Protect Trans Youth holds up a sign at the Indiana State House on April 1. The rally was held in relation to SB 480. Olivia Ground, DN
SB 480

OPINION: Indiana politicians back out when it counts

When Senate Bill 480 goes into law, this life-saving care will become unavailable for all trans Hoosiers under the age of 18 in the state of Indiana. Many of our legislators have decided to go against the advice of medical professionals to ensure their bigotry becomes the standard by which all Hoosier parents must abide.

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