Most people know about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. However, few people know about a secret US program that kidnapped and imprisoned Japanese Peruvians, taken from Peru to the US. On this episode, the LMC speaks with Mary Jo McConahay about this secret history of Japanese Peruvians, one of the largest Japanese communities in Latin America. Mary Jo McConahay is the author of “The Tango War:The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds, and Riches of Latin America during WWII.”
Last June, racist statements by Peruvian commentator Phillip Butters sparked outrage and the urging of more discussion for having more Afro-Latino voices in Peruvian society. The LMC speaks with Afro-Latina activist and poet Shirley Campbell-Barr about the controversy that went viral throughout all of Latin America.
George Ygarza from the indigenous Tawintinsuyu diaspora in Peru discusses the complexities of Peru’s presidential election and the reasons behind the massive protests against the right-wing candidate, Keiko Fujimori. Her father is former Peruvian dictator Alberto Fujimori, one of the few Latin American leaders currently in prison for war crimes.