Guam has found a lot in common with Puerto Rico when it comes to its colonial status under the US. Latinos should do the same in return by standing in solidarity with the Chamorro people of Guam. On this episode, the LMC speaks with Chamorro rights organizer Leilani Ganser about the latest in Guam’s struggle for self-determination.
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.”
Before last year’s hurricane season struck Puerto Rico, the first US territory to be hit hard was the US Virgin Islands. As the controversy over the failed US response to give relief to Puerto Rico continues to unfold, almost no coverage has been given to the 100,00+ Americans in the USVI. The LMC speaks with poet and novelist Tiphanie Yanique about what we need to know about her home islands. Tiphanie Yanique is also an associate professor in the English department at Wesleyan University.