Tag Archives: social class

Another Ultimate Expat-Immigrant Test

Posted on 30. Jan, 2018 by .


“Another Ultimate Expat-Immigrant Test” is a second test to see whether you are an “expat” or an “immigrant” — and why race has nothing to do with it.

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Peru is Rich as F%#!: Three Maidservants in Three Months

Posted on 01. May, 2017 by .


After firing my first maidservant in January, our difficulty in finding a babysitter and domestic maidservant illustrates the changing economy in Peru.

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Peru Floods Hammer Lima’s Elite

Posted on 25. Mar, 2017 by .


Flooding and landslides in Peru have not only left 90 dead and 100,000 homeless in rural provinces, they have also disrupted life in central Lima.

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The Ultimate Expat-Immigrant Test

Posted on 01. Mar, 2017 by .


The ultimate test to see whether you are an “expat” or an “immigrant” — and why race has nothing to do with it.

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My First Maidservant in Latin America

Posted on 23. Feb, 2017 by .


The story of my first empleada, or maidservant, in Latin America. I was 100% completely satisfied, and I fired her after six months.

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The Power of Public Shame in Latin America

Posted on 30. Jan, 2017 by .


An anecdote on how to treat that proverbial line-jumper in Peru or greater Latin America.

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One is the New Two in Latin America

Posted on 20. Nov, 2016 by .


Explaining the trend of shrinking family size in Latin America’s emerging middle class. One child is the new normal.

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Lima Shantytown Tour in Villa El Salvador

Posted on 15. Nov, 2016 by .


Review and pictures of a shantytown tour in the Villa El Salvador district of Lima, Peru.

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The Expat-Immigrant Debate

Posted on 11. Nov, 2016 by .


My opinion that the terminology difference between “expat” and “immigrant” is not racist, but economic.

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Non-Profit Work in Colombia: Easy Money?

Posted on 11. May, 2016 by .


The founder of an NGO in Colombia explains two of the top territory hazards of trying to make a difference.

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The Case for Vanilla Names

Posted on 09. Nov, 2015 by .


The case for giving your children standard names that will not prevent them from getting a job someday.

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A Different Breed of Classism

Posted on 10. Sep, 2015 by .


A unique manifestation of classism, the Spanish legacy we gringos raised on Hollywood morals run into early and often in Latin America.

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Progressive Paisa Killed in Politics

Posted on 08. Oct, 2012 by .


My review of ‘Oblivion’ by Hector Abad Faciolince, which describes the life of a progressive paisa doctor killed by paramilitaries.

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Cars, Marrying the Maid, and More Classism

Posted on 05. Aug, 2012 by .


SUMMARY: A look at two artifacts of classism: car ownership and domestic servants.

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Classism: The Spanish Legacy in Latin America

Posted on 24. Jul, 2012 by .


SUMMARY: Describing classism, status, and the importance of (perceived) social class in Latin America.

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Does Sex Tourism Save Lives?

Posted on 06. Jun, 2012 by .


SUMMARY: Discussing the link between poverty and sex tourism, and whether sex tourism is necessary in impoverished countries.

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