28 de diciembre 2012 | Por knews | Filed Under letras
Anteriormente, Adam escribió sobre su experiencia entre los guyaneses en los EE.UU. y fueron bastante entretenido y factual. Él entiende la Diáspora e informa a los lectores de Guyana sobre su experiencia con ellos.
He tenido mi parte de viajar, de Camboya a Chile a Bora Bora y yo sin duda disfrutamos de esas experiencias. Pero estoy igualmente feliz cuando leí acerca de los viajes de los demás. Yo mismo estoy muy emocionada cuando leí acerca de las experiencias de otras personas que viajan como yo. Y es por esta razón por la que estaba fascinado con Adam artículos sobre las Malvinas.
Yo no creo que ningún otro guyanés visitó las islas y es probable que los visiten en un futuro próximo. Conocí a soldados británicos que me dijeron que estaban apostados allí, pero no obtuvo otra información de ellos. Piezas de Adán son los más cercanos a la realidad, experimentar las islas.
Las Malvinas fue un lugar que siempre he querido visitar, pero sabía que sería casi imposible ya que no es accesible por vuelos comerciales. Aprendí sobre las Malvinas en 1982, durante la guerra entre Gran Bretaña y Argentina por el control de la misma.
Hice un curso de Derecho Internacional en la primavera de 1982 con el Prof. Martha Zebrowski de la Universidad de Columbia. Tenía que escribir artículos de investigación en dos conflictos internacionales y escribí sobre el conflicto de las Malvinas y la disputa fronteriza entre Guyana con Venezuela con la intervención norteamericana en el conflicto. Recuerdo que el gobierno argentino invadir la isla a principios de abril para desviar la atención de sus problemas políticos y económicos. Fuerzas argentinas desembarcaron en las Islas Malvinas, la captura de las islas dos días después.
I write to applaud Adam Harris for two excellent pieces on his experience in the Falklands. They were enlightening and informative and made for good writing as indeed most of his columns were as compared with those of a daily columnist who tends to write without supporting evidence.
Previously, Adam wrote about his experience among Guyanese in the US and they were quite entertaining and factual. He understands the Diaspora and informs Guyanese readership about his experience with them.
I’ve had my share of traveling, from Cambodia to Chile to Bora Bora and I surely enjoyed those experiences. But I am equally happy when I read about travels of others. I myself am very excited when I read of the experiences of others who travel like me. And it is for this reason I was fascinated with Adam’s articles on the Falklands.
I don’t think any other Guyanese visited those islands and are likely to visit them in the near future. I met British soldiers who told me they were posted there but got no other information from them. Adam’s pieces are the closest to actually experiencing the islands.
The Falklands was one place I always wanted to visit but knew it would be almost impossible given that it is not accessible by commercial flights. I learnt about the Falklands in 1982 during the war between Britain and Argentina for control of it.
I took a course on International Law in Spring 1982 with Prof. Martha Zebrowski of Columbia University. I had to write research papers on two international conflicts and I wrote on the Falklands conflict and Guyana’s border dispute with Venezuela with American intervention in the conflict. I remember the Argentine government invading the island in early April to shift attention away from its political and economic issues. Argentine forces landed in the Falklands, capturing the islands two days later.
Britain dispatched a naval fleet and recaptured the islands some time in June. Argentina had appealed for American assistance, even referring to the Monroe Doctrine. But the US, an Anglo nation, sided with its British kindred. Both sides lost soldiers. Argentina was humiliated and lost over 300 young men as compared with a couple of dozens of British troops. So I know about the place and he reinforces my knowledge about it.
Like Adam, I love to visit exotic distant places and write about them (comparing and contrasting life there with Guyana’s). I am always happy to visit “exotic places” and I return to some again and again. I visited dozens of countries and almost all of them on multiple occasions to study their economic progress and political development. I laud Adam for writing what he actually experienced. Few writers engage in this kind of “genre”.
Traveling is fun and one learns a lot from the experience. It is a way to get a better understanding of the world. One needs to visit remote places to get a perspective on life elsewhere. I use my travel experience to over 60 countries to compare and contrast life in Guyana with the host society (like Indonesia, Philippines, Fiji, South Africa, Israel, etc.) so far away from Guyana.
I learn a lot from them especially for my teaching so students can get a better perspective of life in those societies. Often, Guyanese in the Diaspora (especially in N.Y) would laud me for my articles informing them of life in other societies. Not many can afford to travel to distant places and they are grateful to understand what life is like there and they appreciate what I write.
So as they did unto me, I shower the same praise on Adam. He wrote what he learned from his experience and readers learn much about local customs, weather, speech, food, architecture, clothing, important events, economy, politics, etc. in the Falklands.
Thanks Adam! Do visit some other distant and near impossible to reach societies and educate us about them.