Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, August 04, 2017

Ethnic names

It's not unusual for people in the US to have names associated with ethnic groups in other countries. We have to remember that the US is not the only country of immigrants.

Mexico taps veteran trade negotiator Kenneth Smith to lead its NAFTA talks
Mexico has named Kenneth Smith as its chief negotiator for high-stakes talks set to begin next month aimed at revamping the 23-year-old NAFTA free trade pact…

Smith started his career with the Mexican government working for Mexico’s original NAFTA negotiating team.

“He’s been working with us since 1993... he’s had a long career working on trade, having passed through the Economy Ministry and the Agriculture Ministry,” Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Monday.

Guajardo also commented on Smith’s unusual name for a Mexican national.
Kenneth Smith Ramos

“His (Anglo-sounding) name will surprise many, but he’s super Mexican,” he said…

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