The other day was Black Awareness Day and I actually stopped to ask myself what that was exactly. I watched a woman on the television, President of a Black movement, talking about the importance of that day to black people in Brazil and how much work there was to do to improve public awareness and… Read More Racism vs. Racial Prejudice
On the news the other day, they showed a study conducted by Fábio Iglesias, doctor of psychology and researcher of the University of Brasilia, which I thought was really interesting and helped me shed some light on why Brazilians never complain. This is a summary translation of the article about this same study from the… Read More Why Brazilians don´t complain – study
The very first thing people say about Brazilians is their friendliness, their joy… but this can be a problem when you live here. It is more of a cultural issue, which becomes a problem to some foreigners. The other day I was sitting in a bar with a potential British student who confessed he had… Read More When happiness isn´t funny
Michael Keep wrote a book called, “Sonhando com Sotaque, confissoes e desabafos de um gringo brasileiro”. I sincerely recommend any gringo coming to live or living in Brazil to read his book or visit his website.
I am a film junkie. After watching all the films in the bootleg rental hut near my house in Valença, Bahia, I reluctantly decided to consider films I would seldom watch if I had another choice. This led me to see Brazilian cinema under a very different light. One of the jewels awaiting me on… Read More "Quanto vale ou é por quilo?"
According to the Ministry of Health, System of Information on Live Births, Brazil has one of the highest c-section rates in the world (between 30-40%, when the normal rate, according to the World Health Organization, should be 15%). The worst thing about this percentage is that c-sections in private hospitals reach 90%!!! while attaining a… Read More C-Section Craze