Finding Hope in Pirituba
As I stood in an unkempt Brazilian park, seemingly landscaped as an afterthought, trucks and buses careened left and right on the thoroughfare behind me. Their cacophony was accentuated by a squeaking highway sign, detached from its post and swinging carelessly in the wind, perpetually in danger of tumbling, scythe-like, to the asphalt below. It was in this setting that ten-year-old Caio, bursting with energy, told me about the day he nearly lost a finger.
Preston So is a sophomore at Harvard College currently concentrating in linguistics. He hopes to write a thesis concerning language rights and policy. Preston So is also a web designer at www.prestonsodesign.com.