After eleven years living, dancing, teaching tango, and writing in Buenos Aires, I came home to L.A. in 2014, where I'm reconstructing my life.
Friday, November 09, 2007
El Negro y La Novia
That's what we're often called in the milongas, and everybody knows who we are.
In Argentina people are called by what they look like: el chino, la vikinga, el flaco, el gordo, la rubia, el pibe, la turca...and it's affectionate, not derogatory.
Ruben is also sometimes el tuco, because he was born in Tucuman, a northern province of Argentina. In Tucuman, there are many people of "Arabic" descent; whether their ancestors were from Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, or Turkey, nobody seems to know, and it's all the same in Argentina--Turco.
Ruben has the coloring of many people from Tucuman, and also a last name, Aybar, that is Arabic. Many of his amigos call him negro, as he also, smiling warmly, calls his dark-skinned friends.
I told him that wouldn't fly in the States where it's rude to notice someone's appearance. But here I am very happy to be la novia del negro.