Some of our hemisphere’s emerging leaders in politics, business, civil society, and the arts.
The writers of the Boom generation, such as Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar and Mario Vargas Llosa, have dominated Latin American literature for so long that it has been difficult for new, young talent to get much attention. But things are changing. A new generation of hemisphere writers is now finally receiving the respect and attention they deserve, thanks in part to Diego Trelles Paz, a Peruvian novelist and U.S.-based academic.
Long considered one of the region’s most stable democracies, Costa Rica is beginning to show signs of strain. Nowhere is this felt more sharply than among the country’s youth. According to a 2007 survey of Costa Ricans between the ages of 15 and 35, just 50 percent of respondents said they believed democracy was the best political system and 60 percent said they lacked confidence in Costa Rica’s “governing officials.”
Colombian entrepreneur Andres Calderón wants his country’s emerging film industry to do more than make a profit. He wants it to be a focus of national pride—and he’s investing to make it happen.
Long before Muhammed Yunus won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in developing Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank, microcredit had evolved into one of the most effective tools for helping would-be small business entrepreneurs pull themselves out of poverty. Brazilian Lilian do Prado Silva has been successfully applying that model in this hemisphere since 2001—with a special focus on young people.