In the Green Room

Sociologist Xóchitl Bada

Shaken, Not Stirred. Gin, Not Vodka.

Sociologist Xóchitl Bada studies the civic, cultural, and political participation of Chicago-based Mexican migrant hometown associations at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before participating in a panel on what effects immigration reform might have on Chicago, she got specific about how she likes her martinis in the Zócalo green room.

Q:
If you could be any animal, which would you choose?

A:
A koala because they live in Australia, and that’s one of my favorite countries which I’d love to visit one day.

Q:
How do you unwind?

A:
I take long walks. I love Lake Michigan, and I live close by, so I enjoy the lake.

Q:
What keeps you up at night?

A:
Getting tenure.

Q:
Do you have a Starbucks name?

A:
I use my first name, which is Yolanda—a lot easier. Not just for Starbucks but for restaurants and places where I don’t want to spell my name.

Q:
What’s the most frustrating question your students ask you?

A:
Is it true that Mexicans have been here for a hundred years? Really?

Q:
Where’s the best Mexican food in Chicago?

A:
At my favorite taquería, which is La Cuchara in the West Loop.

Q:
What is your favorite cocktail?

A:
Martini, straight; shaken, not stirred.

Q:
Gin or vodka?

A:
Gin. Bombay Sapphire.

Q:
What makes you nostalgic?

A:
The beach in my hometown.

Q:
What’s your hidden talent?

A:
I can cook.

Q:
What’s your best dish?

A:
Rajas poblanas.