Peruvians who immigrated to the United States are fortunate. We arrived into this land carrying our hopes, aspirations and personal dreams. This great nation embraced us and gave us the opportunity to grow and keep on dreaming.
Peruvians have successfully assimilated American culture. We have joined American citizens and other immigrants in commemorating their festivities. We relished in honoring the United States, along with everyone else, in a spirit of brotherhood. With instinctive gratitude, we learned to love this nation and adopt it as our home.
Yet, in our daily routine, a longing regurgitates in our minds. As time goes on, most of us have forgotten the cultural manifestations of our homeland. PERU: even its name makes us emotional and brings a smile in our busiest hours. Some of us have forgotten particular details, words, customs and even songs from our nation. Our memories of Peru are feeble, and we must not lose them. Our memories of PERU are our most intimate treasure. They define us, shape us, and make us stronger. They fortify our Peruvian identity and remind us of the blessings of being Peruvian.
THE CREATION OF SUMAQ
SUMAQ was founded to promote Peruvian culture in the United States. Our portal is a collective effort of Peruvians to rescue and preserve our cultural manifestations. Our topics will range from history, politics, music, dance, cuisine to daily popular culture and tourism.
Additionally, SUMAQ will delve into the extensive range of our landscape. We celebrate the contributions of our indigenous communities, Afro-Peruvians, Sino Peruvians and our Japanese diaspora. In sum, SUMAQ will comprise the entire geographical range of the Peruvian Coast, Andes and the Amazon.
After embracing them as a unified nation, we admired PERU in all its multifaceted beauty. A word then came to mind: SUMAQ (Beautiful).
‘Our memories of PERU are our most intimate treasure. They define us, shape us, and make us stronger. They fortify our Peruvian identity and remind us of the blessing of being Peruvian.’
SUMAQ will occasionally cover Peruvian news, debating its repercussions in our country’s future. Peruvians in the United States share the duty to participate in the conversation of the issues affecting our nation. As everyone else’s, our views are important and insightful. Furthermore, we contribute a privileged outsider perspective, essential in a democratic debate. We don’t claim that our opinion is correct, or more valid than those of Peruvians living in our homeland. On the contrary, as we may see the flaws in our nation, Peruvians in our homeland may also see the shortcomings affecting Peruvians overseas.
Our purpose is to engage in a dialogue, by providing a channel in which we exchange ideas and dreams for the future. That’s one of the ways in which we can fortify one another, by cooperating in the purest sense of brotherhood. And also, leaving aside all traces of negativity, selfishness, pessimism, envy, or hatred. Our history showed that, by indulging in such feelings, we are only harming ourselves.
SUMAQ seeks to cultivate unity and help our nation to acquire more prestige. During the Inca era, we were the most magnificent kingdom in the American continent. What is keeping us from reaching such heights again?
The SUMAQ team adores Peru with the utmost intensity. SUMAQ Magazine will provide a critical perspective, holding the conviction that Peru may eventually grasp its true potential. Because, as all global citizens, Peruvians are fantastic, and we progressively aim higher.
Our final objective is to unite not only Peruvians in the United States, but also Peruvians all over the world. PERU is our treasure. The one and only treasure all Peruvians share. SUMAQ is our humble contribution and our token to honor such enormous privilege.
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