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Game: How well do you know the U.S.-Mexico border?

Where is the border? How did it form? Do you know about the vast differences in cost of living on either side, and even that new Spanglish words have been born out of the region? During 'RiseUp As One' in San Diego, we'll take you closer.
7 Oct 2016 – 10:26 AM EDT
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Which is the current border between the U.S. and Mexico?

The border wasn't always where it is now. Mexico lost territory for decades while the United States expanded its borders. The current map was drawn up after wars, treaties and land sales.

Find out how Mexico lost half its territory

The border crosses four U.S. states and six Mexican states. It runs for thousands of miles over rivers, deserts and mountains but is it longer or shorter than the U.S. border with Canada? If you compare it with the China-Russia border, which is longer?

Which border is longest?

Close to 100 million people live in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Some border cities are split, in which the downtown area is separated by a border wall. But proximity doesn't mean life is the same on both sides. Find out how much it costs to live in two cities separated by the border: Tijuana, in Mexico, and San Diego, in California. RiseUp as One will take place in San Diego.

Calculate how much it costs to live on each side of the border

TIJUANA (MX)
SAN DIEGO (USA)
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Each side of the border influences the other culturally. It can be seen in music and literature, as well as everyday language. In border towns Spanish and English are mixed in such a way that they form new words.

Guess what these words means

Click on a word and its meaning
Bolichar
Brekear
Dompear
Lonche
Mapiar
Pushar
Watchear
Yarda
> Draw a map
> Mop
> Harshly criticize
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It comes from the word "mop."
> Have some drinks
> Chat
> To break
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It comes from the word "break." It can also mean to rest or to stop.
> Jump
> Throw out
> Shake
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It comes from "dump." Like many border words, the English verb is used with the Spanish conjugation tacked on.
> Lunch
> Distance
> Fillet
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It comes from the word "lunch."
> Go dancing
> Bother someone
> Go bowling
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It comes from the word "bowl." In some Latin American countries it means to go party.
> Encourage
> Exercise
> Push
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It comes from the word "push."
> To look
> Wait
> Clean
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It comes from "watch."
> Measure of distance
> Backyard
> Luck
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It comes from the word the word "yard.".

Sources: Perry-Castañeda Library, Numbeo.com, Isabel Baca (University of Texas, El Paso), Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Department of State, Texas State Historical Association and Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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