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University of Iowa anthropologist Cristina Ortiz, left, writes on a dry erase board as she teaches an ESL class to Xocnitl Hernandez, in Columbus Junction, Iowa on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Ortiz, who moved to Columbus Junction four years ago to study the town, says both the Chin and Spanish-speaking communities feel that more Chin are being hired at the expense of Latinos, which has created some friction. "Latinos and Chin people recognize they both have the same goals in life," she says. "That is to make their lives better and provide for their families and live a tranquil life. But in a certain sense, they are in competition with each other. They are applying for the same jobs. They have the same skills. And that's tricky. Obviously there is some tension there." (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)