Archive for Category: "culture"
One of the little known aims of our semi-recent great Latin American adventure was to make a little more sense of my culture and who I am. I wanted to see mis raices, my roots, and the culture that I came from. Born of Mexican descent (well, actually, if you really want to get technical, I’m also 25% white), I’m a second generation American.
We get into the cab, a beige car with a roomy trunk to stuff our Western packs. We huddle in together, and in my peripheral vision, I see another towering jeep in front of us, stuffed to the brim with our luggage. I turn my attention to the car door, watching the windows roll down automatically.
For Halloween, an American friend invited me to go to a party with some guys he’d met in the city. I was excited firstly because I had no idea that Halloween was celebrated anywhere other than in the States, and also because I wanted to meet more Parisians.
As in South Africa, the braai/barbecue is a social event that is an important part of Chile’s culture. I’ve seen a music video in which a Chilean singer sings about everybody ‘parilla’-ing together exactly like the South African Braai Day songs!
I recently went to visit Limon Province in Costa Rica with the other students from my university’s center in Heredia. Limon Province is often given a bad name, especially in Costa Rican society. Partially this negative image comes from the racism in Costa Rican history that continues today. Limon Province is mostly populated by descendants of immigrants from Jamaica and other Caribbean countries.