The Rio Olympics have landed, and anyone unfamiliar with Brazilian culture got to enjoy a taste of it during the Olympics opening ceremony. Samba music, dancing, and a sea of tropical colors served as backdrops for vignettes about the country's identity, which is rooted in its festive attitude, strong connection to nature (beaches and rainforests), and a past that grappled with slavery and economic disparity.
Faulkner's line "The past is never dead. It's not even past," has rung particularly true for Brazil this year. The country has faced economic downturns, political scandals, the Zika outbreak, and it has struggled to preserve its natural resources. It was hard to watch some of the ceremony's opulence and feel excited knowing that so many people in Brazil are not doing well.Read More