002: Berta Marquez pt. 1 on the dangers and sequelae of growing up as a political refugee

In part 1of this 3 part series Berta Marquez tells about the harrowing experiences her family suffered as political refugees and their immigration to the USA, the subsequent long-term effects of this prolonged upheaval on her upbringing and adolescence, and her difficult experience at BYU.

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Part 2 with Berta here

Part 3 with Berta here

Part 1:

3 comments for “002: Berta Marquez pt. 1 on the dangers and sequelae of growing up as a political refugee

  1. Debbie
    January 8, 2013 at 2:44 am

    What a fascinating interview. Berta’s story is so interesting and she tells it so articulately. I cant’ wait to listen to parts 2 and 3.

  2. January 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    What a remarkable young woman Berta is. I am in awe of everything about this incredible human being. Her story is so compelling, and reminds me so much of my fathers, holocaust survivor story. She is the epitome of why I am who I am. Hers and her families advocacy of social justice, and progressivism. Her inability to understand or acclimate to ultra conservativism, and an ultra conservative brand of Mormonism (that they would have you believe is the only Mormonism, or true, TBM, etc), is something to this day I am in total relation to, as in extremely foreign to me. Her not fitting in, in her youth, and struggles with her own identity I am well familiar with as a transgender Mormon woman, just coming out.

    Berta, I would like to apologize for what America did, and for what Ronald Reagan perpetrated in all American’s names, collectively, by supporting fascist criminals and thugs, who committed genocide, an war crimes against democratically elected people and their supporter civilians. I was not a supporter of Reagan, or his criminal foreign policy, neither did I acquiesce to it. I actively protested.

    Berta is a Star Trek and Xena fan, which instantly makes her my best friend in the whole world. I was the captain of a Star Trek club, with uniforms and everything. I even had the Commander/Counselor Troi mini dress, which I wore for more than just Halloween.

    I really think Berta needs to run for public office. Seriously. Not in Utah, but anywhere else. I would instantly drop everything and help run her campaign. She is clearly one of the most intelligent people I have ever heard.

  3. Jasie
    January 25, 2013 at 2:53 am

    I had the privilege of living with Berta for several months a few years ago in Provo, and she really is the most amazing and loving person. I’ve only heard bits and pieces of her story, so it was wonderful to listen to this podcast!

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