South American Literature: Jaime Garcia Dias

People have an insular existence. Most are stuck in the climes wherein they were born, and never transcend those climes. However modern technology is doing much in the way of augmenting such a lifestyle. In modern times, things like telephones, planes, trains, cruise ships, automobiles, television, fax machines, cellular devices of a “smart” variety, and the internet have condensed the world. Suddenly people from the middle of Africa are able to get on Facebook and randomly add people from places like China and California. Suddenly people in South Korea are the tourists coming through Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park.

Another place that is very quickly becoming a worldwide prominent location is Rio de Janeiro. One of the reasons Rio is more quickly and powerfully stepping onto the global stage is because of people like Jaime Garcia Dias.

Jaime Garcia Dis is only forty-five years old, but he is already a downright prolific author and blogger. He has twenty different literary publications under his belt, and is exceptionally revered in Brazil and South American Literary circles in general. Dias is an intelligent man with an intelligent upbringing. His father was a writer, and his mother an architect. Between the two, his resume shows Dias was so well-informed he embarked on his first novelization attempt at the tender age of fifteen. And, while there are no shortage of teenagers who decide to be novelists around this age, there are a shortage of writers who manage to make such youthful ambitions successful. Dias is one of these writers. Within ten years of that fledgling attempt at writing, Dias was teaching literature at an academy specializing in teaching kids just out of high school how to become respected authors creating top-quality literature. Dias taught at this school five years, and later became president. In that time he continued to write, and at the current time his most recent work is a compilation of articles.

Dias doesn’t only write novels, he also tweets and is a part time journalist. A prominent newspaper in Rio commissioned him to write articles on a weekly basis, and after a year Dias compiled these into a single document that is now available for purchase.

Dias has become an exceptionally popular author not only in Rio de Janeiro, but throughout Brazil itself, and even into the surrounding South American countries.

There is great variety in Brazil. Every economic class can be found there, and the country is definitely in a period of flux. That’s why guys like Dias exist: they’re the witnesses, the heralds–the messengers of reality in a world going crazy. The populace resonate with such solid voices, and they should. Dias is at the top of his game, and has a career that boasts of many excellent future works, and a YouTube channel that’s in constant content production mode.

Young Activists Are Creating Global Change

The 21st century has seen a growing crop of young activists that are creating global change, long before their 30th birthdays. In 2006, Li Dan was a 27 year-old Chinese astrophysics student who abandoned his doctoral work to attend to the plight of people living with HIV in China. He risked his personal safety many times in order to apply pressure to the Chinese government to respond to the rapidly escalating HIV epidemic in his country.

Rachel Lloyd was a 30 year-old American and a tireless champion of girls caught in the sex industry. Rachel herself was trapped in the sex industry as a teenager and still bears a deep scar in the palm of her right hand, which serves as a talisman to remind her of the many dangers she is helping other girls to escape. Rachel founded the Girls Educational & Mentoring Services in 1998. GEMS provides counseling, mentoring and support for underage girls trapped in the sex industry in New York, and lobbies on behalf of them for fair treatment in the justice system.

Khurram Parvez was a 28 year-old champion of peace who led the struggle to defend human rights in conflict-torn Kashmir. In 2004, a land mine took his right leg as well as the lives of two others. Undeterred, he carried on in his attempts to build a human rights culture and is a staunch advocate for families and for young people who have been deeply affected by the violence in his country. He continues to encourage peaceful approaches to ending ongoing conflict.

Otto Saki was a 24 year old human rights activist who stood against the oppression created by the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe, where defenders of human rights regularly face harassment, intimidation and arrest. He fought hard against a government sponsored mass eviction by helping thousands of families apply to the High Court to appeal the demolitions and seek restitution for their homes and property.

In 2007, Yeonmi Park, her sister and her mother, crossed a frozen river into China to escape the oppressive regime of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il. There, she was sold into sex trafficking before she was able to escape with her mother across a strip of the Gobi desert into Mongolia where they sought refuge at the South Korean Embassy. Today, Yeon-mi is a tireless champion of those still living under Kim Jong-Il’s oppressive rule.

Young Malala Yousafzai became an advocate for girl’s education at a very young age, before being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman at the age of 15. She continued to speak out against denying young girls an education, and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 16. A year later she was nominated again, and won, becoming the youngest recipient ever.

Aided by Western media and the internet, young, courageous activists are able to carry their messages globally and to shine light on the plights of their nations and the oppressive regimes that often terrorize them.