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DiverseCity: Venezuelans Call Houston Suburb ‘Katy-zuela’

An immigrant to Houston from Venezuela talks about her experiences here.

We meet Houstonian Mariana Torrealba-Prado, who is originally from Venezuela. She says there are so many Venezuelans in the Katy area they call it “Katy-zuela.” She talks about the differences between culture in Houston and her native country and talks about what she loves — and doesn’t love — about life here.

This segment is part of DiverseCity, a year-long initiative looking at what Houston’s diversity really means for the city. We’ll be examining how it connects or divides us and how it shapes the nation’s fourth-largest city.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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