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It was the perfect atmosphere for Latino culture to flourish, one in which the air was peppered with Spanish, where frijoles were served at every dinner table, and Conjunto music pounded from stereo speakers, the bajo sexto sending rapid thumps through the air, primal as a heartbeat.
But Mary Gonzalez had to leave her native El Paso behind before she could appreciate her Mexican-American heritage. After all, it was her multiculturalism that fed her sensitivity to cultural and global issues and later inspired her to put those issues in the spotlight.
This Texas transplant, though, has found a new home in Austin, where she enjoys the state capitol's cultural offerings, …