Summer Reading Book #2: Queen of Water

 

Queen of Water co-author Maria Virginia Farinango (images courtesy of lauraresau.com)

Queen of Water co-author Maria Virginia Farinango (images courtesy of lauraresau.com)

Students often ask me if the story they are reading is real. The humorous part of this is, it doesn’t matter how unrealistic the book is, they will still ask. To them, the lines are so blurred between fact and fiction that it is difficult for them to distinguish between the two. In my second summer reading book, Queen of Water, those lines are blurred so well that even I am curious as to what was real and what was fiction. This novel is based on a true story of an Ecuadorian indegena young woman, the co-author Maria Virginia Farinango, who was handed over to a mestizo family as an indentured servant at the age of seven.

Does the World Want Superman?

image courtesy of nme.com

image courtesy of nme.com

“In the decade of the 1930s, even the great city of Metropolis was not spared the ravages of the worldwide depression. In times of fear and confusion, the job of informing the public was the responsibility of The Daily Planet, a great metropolitan newspaper whose reputation for clarity and truth had become the symbol for hope in the city of Metropolis…”

Narration of off-screen ‘Boy’, Prologue to ‘Superman: The Movie’ 1978


HIGH IN THE SUNLIT SILENCE

Paradise Burning: Fires rage in Pai and Mae Surin, Thailand

Fires and smoke near Wat Phra That Mae Yen, Pai, Thailand

Fires and smoke near Wat Phra That Mae Yen, Pai, Thailand (Joe Grez/Joup)

The President Is Dead! Long Live The President!

In Venezuela Hugo Chavez is everywhere.

In Venezuela Chavez is everywhere. “From your hands comes the water of life. We love you!” No false modesty there then. (Erik Jelinek

International Film #3: 5 Broken Cameras 2011 (Palestine)

5 Broken Cameras

courtesy of Burnet and Davidi

Chiang Mai – The Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival brought me three and half hours southeast from Pai on motorbike via Thai route 1095. Discussions, screenings, lectures and photograph galleries of Thai and international artists scattered throughout the city. What’s not to like? There are a number of topics I could review (and may) but it’s the recent documentary 5 Broken Cameras from Palestinian Emad Burat and Israeli Guy Davidi that makes cut for International Film #3. And to the think, I was “this” close from going back to my hostel room.

The Cost of Campaigning for President on the Environment

Image courtesy of thomasnet.com

So I had a YIM chat with my good German friend Sarah this past Sunday as we like to do from time to time. She asked me if I was nervous about the election on Tuesday to which I responded “No, not really. Whatever happens…well… happens.” But she noted that polls were close amongst both major candidates being incumbent President Barrack Obama (D) and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R). She as well as much of Europe (and world in my humble opinion) are big Obama supports, but I’ll reserve my judgement as Joup will endorse neither candidate. Not that we don’t have our own personal opinions but Joup is attempting to remain impartial in this election as a whole. But what really sparked in our chat was how much each of the candidates traveled on a daily basis. And to what lengths they are going to become the President of the United States of America. How did these individuals impact our Earth’s environment in going to these lengths? I’ll do my best to give an estimate.

East Timor and the Still Evident Problems

Image: Erik Jelinek for Joup

The Indonesian-era integrasi monument in Dili, depicting a personification of East Timor breaking free of its colonial chains.

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