There are a lot of travel shows on television, but nothing headed by Kim Haas, a Philadelphia native. A media veteran with more than 20 years in the business – including a sign on a Telemundo affiliate in Philadelphia – Haas is not necessarily focusing on the food items of places or far-flung foreign locations, but a specific segment of the population. But more and more she says that time and time are ignored. “Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas” celebrates the contribution of African descendants to the Caribbean and throughout Latin America.
“I have traveled a lot throughout Latin America,” Haas told Anus News that Haas said it all started when her nanny, Cassie Keith, took her to Acapulco, Mexico, at age 7.
As she grew up and traveled the region, she said she saw many people who looked like her, “a dark-skinned American.”
But when she watches the travel show, “I don’t see anyone who looks like me and I don’t see Afro-Latino, they just don’t represent,” said Haas, who is an undergraduate and graduate school in Spanish Were prominent.
Haas says she wants people to see what’s missing in textbooks and the media. “I want to bring something different on television.”
The first two episodes of the show air on Public Television’s CREATE TV at the end of the month – with an encounter in February during the Black History Month – and focusing on Afro-Latino presence in Costa Rica, including the capital, San Jose, and in the city of Limon, which has a large Afro-Latino presence.
For example, blacks make up 10 percent of the population in Costa Rica. He “made a significant contribution to the country’s historical and cultural life and said,” for example, Jamaican immigrants built the Costa Rican railroad. There is a need to share and teach and honor these stories and history. “
Of the 12 million Africans known as the Middle Pass – who are forced slaves in the Atlantic Ocean to America – more Africans were brought to Central and South America and the Caribbean than what is now the United States. In a fact that Haas said is not as it should be.
“People don’t know that there are black people in Uruguay, for example; I met with the first Black Uruguayan member of Parliament,” Haas said. There are also blacks in diverse countries in the US region of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Puerto Rico. While some countries have small black population, Brazil. A large black community.
“There are people who write and say, I never knew there were blacks in Costa Rica, and they say that when they can, they are going to go and visit,” Haas said. “And it’s fantastic. It gives me great hope that people are responding positively to this show.”
Efforts are being made to find stories that have not been told about communities about which little is known that this is Haas’s biggest inspiration. “Among my friends, my Latino friends, my Afro-Latino friends, they will tell you, they will reach out to you,” she said. “Plus the Internet is a tremendous resource, and more and more magazines are doing stories on Afro Latino. I’m always looking, I’m always searching – and one thing leads to another.”
With so many travel shows, the coronavirus epidemic halted production, and Haas is hosting virtual events to discuss areas of the show in the meantime. “I recently received an email from a Spanish teacher in New Jersey who wants to use the show in the curriculum,” she said. “I’ve had other teachers reach out to use the episode.”
Costa Rica was the only place the show could go before the Coronovirus shut everything down, but Haas hopes to have them back on the road by spring or summer next year. His goal is to eventually make films throughout Latin America.
Haas’s family members taught him a lot about the contributions of African Americans and some relatives fought for civil rights. She sees his journey and his work as a way to relate it to Black history.
“I feel a tremendous connection with Afro-Latino,” Haas said. “Even though they may speak Spanish or Portuguese and their names may be Maria or João or Josefina or Raquel, we come from the same people – we are part of the same family.”
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