Cultural profile of Houston

Mi Casa Es Tu CasaAt a breakfast on January 15, 2015, held at the upscale St. Regis Hotel, on the first occasion of a Duke University Networking Breakfast, George Baker, with two Duke degrees, spoke of the cultural landscape in Houston as well as developments in relation to Mexico’s energy reform.

Regarding the first topic, he noted a stark difference between Houston and Mexico City. In Mexico, an important feature of daily life is captured in the expression: mi casa es tu casa (My house is your house). Further, in speaking of one’s own home to another, one says “in your house”–to which courtesy “gracias” is said in return. In Mexico, there is residential collinearity between your home and mine; but in Houston there is residential polarity.

He observes that in this regard Houston is the most un-Mexican of cities. His article on Houston’s place as a world city was published in French in Sciences Humaines (June 15, 2011). http://www.scienceshumaines.com/houston-carrefour-de-l-or-noir_fr_24612.html

His notes for distribution at the Duke event may be downloaded here.

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Baker & Associates offers niche-market business and policy intelligence related to Mexico's oil and gas, power and chemical industries. Over 1,000 reports have been issued in the last 20 years. Subject matter expert and publisher George Baker, who directs the firm, has carried out consulting assignments starting in the late 1970s at the height of the Oil Boom in Mexico. He brings bilingual and bicultural skill-sets to understanding and responding to challenges of business and public policy, coupled with a deep familiarity with the history and idiosyncrasies of the Mexican operating environment.

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