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Andean priest and spiritual leader, Don Fabian Champi Apaza. Photo by Tom Pablo, Andes & Amazon Semester.

Pre-course assignment!

  1. Reflections on the excerpt and the music video: Latin America’s history of colonial oppression and exploitation for short-term profit is reflected in the modern culture of the region, which still faces the effects of colonization, both past and modern-day, and the cultural norms and prejudices imported by the colonizing societies.
  2. Being a global citizen: To me, being a global citizen is about seeing the decisions we make every day from as many viewpoints as we possibly can and working to ensure that we can have the most positive impact on the most people in our lives. This means thinking about how the things we say can influence the people around us and being genuine no matter who we are talking to – not holding our breath because it’s uncomfortable to confront someone about their biases, but having an honest conversation with them, because changing the way any culture treats a group of people depends on ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard and everyone is respected, whether or not they able to make their own voice heard. Being a global citizen is about speaking for people who don’t have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.
  3. LGBTQ rights in Peru and Bolivia: Both countries have an inconsistent patchwork of legal rights – in Peru, for example, discrimination against LGBTQ people was legalized in 1993 after being banned before, but in 2016, discrimination in housing and employment was banned. Compared to the United States, both countries generally have more legal protections, with the exception of marriage equality.