Interviewing Doris


The person who I interviewed was Doris Seedorf. She is from Mexico, but she lives in Spain for five years. She works as an engineering cybernetic, in an enterprise which is called Softtek. Softtek is a global provider of technology solutions and services that helps customers to improve in the digital age.

I started the interview, first asking her some questions comparing the country where she is from with the United States. We talked about the increase of the Mexican inmigration to the US in the last years. She said that Mexico is a country with clear benefits due to its proximity to the US. She named some of these benefits: Mexico belongs to the treaty of free trade, with the US and Canada, for that reason, Mexico is the state that exports more products and services to the US; attending such a “strict” market, United State’s, has forced many Mexican companies to achieve certifications and quality standards, which later have served these same companies to sell in other markets; many people from the US come to Mexico (in volume and frequency); a lot of Mexicans have gone to live to the US sending foreign currency to their families; and finally, from last two decades whoever aimed to achieve a successful professional career had to know a certain level of English.

Later, I made her questions which were focused only in Mexico. I asked her about some issues like if the citizens in her country of origin had a feeling of insecurity living in a “dangerous” country, and she told me that nowadays no country is safe from all, but it is a reality that the Mexicans have suffered some problems of insecurity and some danger. These problems are not widespread all over the country, they have changed considering different areas and periods of time. Intertwining this issue with the following one, which is very similar, she said that they are totally used to see neighboring patrols walking in the streets, because it is an aspect with which they have grown since they were child.  After these questions I thought about one which was quite personal (do you think that the existence of citizens who have arms cause security or insecurity?) and I did not know if she was going to answer it, but she did it. She said that from her point of view it is not safe to bear arms, in any country and without the required preparation, because they can use them in a wrong way. She does not think that 100% of the Mexicans have one (in her family they are 7 brothers and sisters and 34 cousins and anyone bear an arm), and either the ones who do it, exceeded the 15%. Then I ask her about the “type” of education that someone has to have, to bear an arm (I would not be able to do it), question that she answered saying that firstly they have to be psychologically and mentally examined, and then if they are suitable, give them military preparation and a certain cultural level to use the arms responsibly.

The next question that I made her was based in the military, political, police, etc corruption. Mexico is a country where corruption has always existed, but in the last few years it has decreased. She said that after living for 5 years in Spain, the only difference that she would make is between the police corruption, because political and militar corruption is very similar in both countries.

Afterwards, we talked about the big difference that exists in Mexico between the poor and the rich class. She thinks that over time this will change and it will get better, improving the education system and the attitude of people, because sometimes these differences are presented with violence between both classes. Furthermore, there are a small number of areas in which the difference is very marked.

I finished the interview asking her about drug trafficking. My questions were based on how the Mexicans feel knowing that they belong to the country that more crimes commit regarding this issue. She said that the Mexican population is not proud of committing that offenses, but they see it as a serious problem and something that has created insecurity and big troubles. Unfortunately, the media has also done business with this, making TV shows of drug traffickers; perhaps that’s why some people think that Mexicans are proud of this deal, but they are not. Everything has to do with the cultural level of a large part of the population.

It was really interesting to interview a Mexican person, because it is a country that is developing and expanding, and now I know more things about it. Also I have learned how the Mexican population looks at their country.

 

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