miércoles, 5 de noviembre de 2008


The events of last night have left me speachless. What an amazing moment in history. My only regret is that I wasn't in the US to experience and celebrate this historical event. I feel like we finally have hope again. Change is coming... change is here. And I couldn't be more excited.

viernes, 24 de octubre de 2008

Racism/ Classism in Chile

I have never done one of these group posts before, but I thought I would give it a shot since this topic interests me. I do have to say that while I understand how Racism and Classism are related, I also think they are two totally separate issues. Mostly because Chile has practically no diversity. And yes, the indigenous people (and Peruvians/Bolivians) end up at the bottom of the totum pole, but thats not what I want to discuss.

Classism is such an integral part of Chilean society. And its so visual. My friends can see someone walking down the street and without ever talking to them they could tell you if they are flaite, or cuico. I also have some friends, as ignorant as they are, who dont like to go below plaza italia because its "too dangerous". Ridiculous.

But I think this very obvious and structured class structure makes it difficult for Chileans. If you are born middle-upper class. You are going to be labled that forever. And that means there are certain jobs you can have and certain jobs you can´t have. For example, this middle-upper class person can never wait tables or wash dishes to make a living. While to me, a gringa, it seems that if you are working thats the respectible thing, its not the same in Chile. You can only have jobs that correspond to your class level. If you are middle-upper class and you take a job as a waiter or waitress, society and your peers will look down on you.

Its hard for me to undertand all of this, since in the US anyone can have any kind of job, and I feel like class is not really an issue. Education defines our social structures instead of class. But here, I feel that for many chileans class is something that limits them and controls them.

jueves, 16 de octubre de 2008

Chile vence a Argentina

Chile-1 Argentina-0

lunes, 13 de octubre de 2008

Chilean Financial Crisis?

So its hard to avoid the financial crisis right now, almost as hard as it is to avoid the elections in the US ( and in Chile!). So of course the topic of the weekend at all the parties was if this was going to affect Chile or not. So I did some reading over the weekend in the local papers and listened to a radio program on the topic. A few months ago everyone predicted there would be little impact on Chile. However, now with the increasing size and global impact of the credit crisis in the US, it seems that Chile will be impacted.

I am not an economist by any means, but from what I understand these could be the possible impacts here in Chile.

1. A weak economy in the US and global economies will result in less exports for Chile.
- Less exports means people will start losing their jobs.
- Unemployment rate is going to go up

2. Retirement funds are going to lose money (Such as AFP funds)
- Many of these funds invested in the US market, which means losses.

3. Luckily Chile has a huge SWF due to Copper. And while the price of copper is down, Chile has almost no public debt and a huge amount of savings, which means it should be able to bounce back from any affects this crisis does have on the economy.

So... in short I think if I had to choose between being in the US or in Chile right now for economic reasons, I would definitley choose Chile.

jueves, 9 de octubre de 2008

Can I vote yet?

I am ready to vote. I am sick of the Obama /McCain, Biden/ Palin media frenzy. Absolutely sick of it. It makes me nautious. And the gringo-fest at Publicity to watch the last debates? My personal nightmare. A room full of gringos and politics in LAS CONDES? All of the above are completely overwhelming to me right now. Take me to an art gallery opening with a bunch of Chileans instead please. Ugh. Its amazing that so many of the things I wanted to escape from the US (gringos and media/politics) are still here. Some things you just cant run away from I guess...

Anyways, enough complaining. I am getting politics out of my life. I know who I am going to vote for, now I just want to get it over with so that something else will be in the news.