My passion for reading and writing has existed since I remember. This passion brought me to this profession and the profession brings me back to the necessity to express awareness of my surroundings and explain or address human issues with ink and paper. My lifetime relationship with the acts of reading and writing allows me to create parallel fictional worlds and to study the many worlds written by others. Life experiences shape the processes of our thinking, reading, and writing. Mine are as follows.
In 1968, General Juan Velasco Alvarado led a coup d’état against Perú’s president Fernando Belaúnde Terry. Velasco seized power and installed the “Revolutionary Government of the Armed Forces.” This political upheaval was the first awareness of social inequality in my very young world. Four years later, the education reform intended to address gaps left in the education of Indigenous people and, in 1975, Perú became the first country in the world to make Quechua an official language. Unfortunately, the authoritarian regime of the military dictatorship was intolerant to any initiatives that would not align with their ideological system. I witnessed Perú’s dive into a deep economic crisis. The 1980 presidential elections brought Belaúnde Terry back for a second term while the rise of Perú’s conflicto armado interno continued for almost two decades. While deciding on a topic for my B.A. thesis in Perú, a professor asked me what I wanted to know about the most and why. My answer brought me to the academic choices from where I read, think, and write today: I wanted to understand how and when present-day inequalities in Peruvian societies began, including their origins and changes over time, with the hope of discovering ways to address them. This choice led me to study accounts of the colonization of Perú and the Americas in written and visual iconic texts authored by European and Indigenous men and women, as well as recreations of these accounts in Latin American cultural production up through our current times.