Defining the undefinable


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I have always found introductory posts to be somewhat challenging. I say not to sound too pretentious but as a means of trying to explain to you that trying to define oneself is a lot harder than one might imagine.

I could start with my name – which would be to you, Danni, to my parents, Danielle, to my birth certificate Gloria. My intended major, History specializing in International Relations, and why out of all the courses that the University of British Columbia has to offer I chose this one. A simple answer to this question is that I don’t know enough about the continent to confidently tell people I can specialize in the realm of “the international” whilst missing a significant world perspective.

I don’t know if this is good enough for an introduction, but it’s certainly a start. One of the most important takeaways from my first class of Latin American studies is that things are quite hard to describe, just as I struggled to define myself, defining Latin America is not simply black and white, its fluid, its everchanging, its uncertain. We as humans like certainty but even though a lot of history s based on fact, it is also important to note that the story changes with perspective.

You see, I learnt most of my history in England, meaning that if you don’t leave the class with the overwhelmingly smug feeling that Great Britain isn’t simply great, you simply weren’t there. I know that this isn’t true, as I’m sure you do also, dear reader, but at least I’m trying to do something about it.




Countries like Brazil, Columbia and Mexico are just a few of those where drugs have transformed into a key industry and whoever controls those controls the nation.

I thought that this video was really well edited with musical interludes which I feel really moved the videos along. I found the information on “Operation Open Arms” interesting, and how it took place before the world cup and how certain regions do things to cover up things on the world stage. Also about how 97 per cent of investigations by the police aren’t actually investigated. I also find it interesting how it was actually money that came out of the United States that led to the war on drugs, rather than as a few politicians say today a result of an influx of immigrants from Latin American regions. However, I believe that this film was not critical of the surface facts it received, the idea of drugs, especially associated with poorer people is systemic and it is believed for a reason. Whilst the following film looked at Columbus from a variety of perspectives, this film did not focus enough on the root causes of the drug problem.


This film was very interesting, and I found the narrative very compelling, as well as the suspenseful mood music as well as the pictorial slideshow. I found it disturbing how when Christopher Columbus came to the Americas he simply claimed the land as his for his king and queen. I also think it is interesting how Columbus felt that he was superior to the indigenous people of the land simply because he had more clothing on. I wonder if this has any cultural links biblically and this is one of the reasons why he thought he was more heavenly. He also traded them broken glass.