Crimson staff writer

Ling Lin

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Summer Postcards 2011

Growing Pains

I promised my friends and parents that I would only go to the favelas, or illegal and informal settlements, that were “pacificado.” However, the trip to the slum of Vidigal gave me a much better look into the real state of most of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.


Olympic Discord

It is unfair that those from privileged backgrounds benefit from the enjoyment of watching the Olympics every four years while those in the poor neighborhoods where Olympic facilities are deemed necessary give up their friends and family ties to make room for expensive stadiums and large displays of a nation’s wealth and power.