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Nov 7, 2011

One year in Africa

Read a bit more about Mozambique and its history here 

13 comments:

fluffypony said...

Time to move to South Africa...you won't feel nearly as victimised!

Tom said...

Hey!

How curious to see that you've moved to Maputo, i've beem a fan for some time, and actually lived there for 5 months in the meanwhile.

Regarding the issue of your cartoon I actually Disagree. Even though I'm portuguese myself, and as white as they come, I actually felt little or none of this while I was there. Actually I was expecting a lot of resentment from the poeple but what I found was one of the most heart-warming cultures i've found so far. (even more so than other african countries I've visited).

Curious, I talked about this plenty with both well-to-do mozambicans, as well as poorer people on the street and while i traveled inthe country. (actually asking them questions was a good way to steer away from money requests)

What i understood was that in reality most people from Mozambique actually don't have ill feelings towards the Portuguese. Mostly it came due to the fact that Portuguese living in mozambique came to love the country and generally invested much in it (you'll see plenty of abandoned porgueuse investments such as old factories, farmhouses or even houses)

What I feel you're experiencing is due to the fact that you stand out due to being from a non-cplp (portuguese acronym for comunity of portuguese speaking countries) and stand out as a foreigner, and as such an easy target.

Or maybe it was just my personal experience, and everyone I spoke with hid the reality when they realized I spoke their language...

SantaBe said...

I was living in Mozambique as well, great place indeed. But yes, all the time, yoi never get to fortget,that you are muzungu and suppose to give some cash to kids on the streets- ola, patral, dar mili! :) But eh my sweet memories, wanna go back one day!

Anonymous said...

They don't hate you, you hate yourself for the pollitically correct brainwashing bullshit. Note that other black people enslaved at least as much as the white people, who btw are all of them already dead, thus a but difficult to charge with their crimes. And the oriental guys, what but their race makes them fairer than the whites? Of course, your selfhate doesn't supply here...

Anonymous said...

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Rachel Hoyt said...

First of all, thank you Anonymous (above) for the laugh. I think your karma led you to make that spelling error.

Alex - it's interesting to see your serious side! I've never been to Mozambique, but there are a few places I'm scared to travel to for that exact blackmail type scenarios you describe above. Corrupt governments are the scariest because you don't know who to trust for protection.

Lucia said...

Alex, me encanta tu blog... no coincido en algunas cosas con tu forma de pensar pero creo que sos un gran dibujante y artista. Tus dibujos expresan de forma simple cosas muy importantes. Felicitaciones por el blog! Saludos desde Argentina!

T. Roger Thomas said...

Most important question related to living anywhere exotic:

How fast is your internet connection?

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Anonymous said...

Hey,

Congratulations for your blog! I love it (and Iris' as well)! :)

This is the first time I comment because I wanted to say that I don't believe Iris is used to be treated differently - I am also an oriental descendent born in Brazil. Actually, in my hometown, there is a huge Asian community, so there is no point in treating anyone differently. What I think is that she might be used to live in a not so developed country, with corrupt cops and so on.

I just thought this could help!

Congratulations again!

artika maya said...

hi alex, Im maya from indonesia. Im so glad to know your blog :)

brent said...

much love

Eugen/pidjin.net said...

One time i was at the Navy Museum (i think) in Lisbon, and I remember one plaque, vaguely: dedicated to when the Portuguese realized that other European powers were seizing territories in South America, and therefore decided to start some 'scientific expeditions'. The plaque was next to some weapons, and i found the whole setup hilarious.

Actually i just came here to say you're doing a wonderful thing with this comic.

Larissa Bery said...

Hey, some parts of Brazil, like São Paulo, is packed with Asian people to the point that there are no difference between them and an original Brazil, simply because there is no such a thing. We are all miscegenated, a mix of different cultures...For me there is no such a thing like feeling different in Brazil, we are all so different among our selves!

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