The presidential election in Peru is the one that I am referring to.
Why Peru? Not because of the potato. You ready?
Think about Peru, and its location. In South America, and Spanish as the language, right? Think about the last names from that part of the world. Next door in Bolivia, the fearless leader is Evo Morales. On the other side is Ecuador's Rafael Correa. You all set?
Ok, you are a sharp thinker, who is well informed. So, you know where this is going. I will get to it then.
The last names of the two presidential candidates in the Peruvian election: Fujimori and Kuczynski. Read that again. Would you ever expect the last names of the presidential candidates in a Spanish speaking South American country to be a Japanese name and a Polish name? Sit, take a deep breath, and calm yourself down.
Yes, the 41-year old Keiko Fujimori is the daughter of the former president, Alberto Fujimori, who disgraced himself after a decade in office and is now behind bars. The senior Fujimori's parents immigrated to Peru from Japan. Over the years of following the Shining Path and how Alberto Fujimori put an end to that violent group, I was familiar with the story of his parents' immigration and, therefore, his fleeing to Japan when the scandals caught up with him.
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's story is new to me. He is the same age as Alberto Fujimori--77 years. Kuczynski's parents, too, came to Peru at about the same time that Fujimori's parents immigrated from Japan. In Kuczynski's case?
His Jewish father, a doctor, fled Berlin after Adolf Hitler came to power; his Swiss mother taught literatureWikipedia offers more about the presidential candidate's family;
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Godard has been married twice, first to Jane Dudley Casey (daughter of Joseph E. Casey, member of the U.S. House for the 3rd district of Massachusetts), their offspring being corporate executive and technology entrepreneur, Carolina Madeleine Kuczynski, the journalist Alex Kuczynski, and John-Michael Kuczynski. His current wife is Nancy Lange, with whom he has had a daughter. Kuczynski's younger brother Miguel Jorge is a fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge; and their first cousin is Jean-Luc Godard, the renowned French-Swiss film director. Kuczynski's brother-in-law Harold Varmus received the Nobel Prize for cancer research in 1989.Fujimori v. Kuczynski, in a Spanish speaking South American country, is one awesome example of the wonderfully globalized cultures that characterize our contemporary existence. Here's to wishing for a lot more of such mixing of ideas and cultures, but because people want to move and not because they are forced to move.