Literature and Other Works

Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano
     One of the most important journalists of his time, Galeano fled South America after having his life threatened several times. The Uruguayan discusses the detriment that Spanish colonial legacy has on South American economics, business, race, international policy and other aspects of life in the modern day. He also discusses the hegemony that the United States has on the Western Hemisphere. I am reading it here in Bolivia.

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
     An important read for anyone entering the realm of education, Pedagogy of the Oppressed argues that one must suffer with the oppressed to make genuine change. Freire discusses the complex power structures and power struggles between the student and the teacher.

A Concise History of Bolivia by Herbert Klein
     The perfect library book to flip through if you want an in depth summary of Bolivian history. Klein also reviewed the history section in Lonely Planet Travel Guide's book on Bolivia.

Impasse in Bolivia: Neoliberal Hegemony and Popular Resistance by Benjamin Kohl and Linda Farthing
    Kohl and Farthing discuss Bolivian history as well as the effects that the United States, World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Bolivian political parties had on the Bolivian people.

Playing With Fire by Richa Nagar
     Nagar analyzes a Women's non-governmental organization in India. He discusses the problems that arise when NGOs rely on private funding to function. Specifically, he argues for a balance between local needs and demands by the funders.

Kick Down the Door, Clean Up the Mess, and Rebuild the House by Jan Bachmann
     Is counter-insurgency a way to improve the humanitarian needs of a community, or is it just a way to grow anti-terrorism? This work critically analyzes governments that employ counter-insurgency. Governments can practice counter-insurgency by funding NGOs to perform specific tasks.

Bolivia by Lonely Planet Travel Guides
     I used this book for my travels.

Tom Traubert's Blues (Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen) by Tom Waits
     Perhaps my favorite song in the world, Waits sings some of the most cleverly articulated lyrics that I have ever heard. "Waltzing Mathilda," an Australian folk song, recounts the story of an Australian vagabond. A "Mathilda" is a sack of supplies that one puts over their shoulder when they go off for travels. When Waits asks, "Will you go Waltzing Mathilda with me?", he implies that he is a lonely journeyman. This is perhaps my favorite line: "I've lost my Saint Christopher now that I've kissed her." Some sailors, soldiers, athletes, surfers and travelers keep a Saint Christopher medallion with them for protection as they enter unknown territory. So, this line might suggest that when one falls in love, they stop journeying because they are no longer lonely. Or perhaps it suggests that when one falls in love, they don't need protection from some biblical character anymore because they now have their loved one at their side. Regardless of interpretation, I have my theoretical Saint Christopher with me because I am embarking to South America and to Bolivia alone and for the first time.

Meet The Author

Jarrod Zenjiro Suda | College of Letters and Science, Class of 2016 | University of California, at Berkeley | Major in Development Studies | Minor in Global Poverty and Practice |