Sara Joiko is a sociologist dedicated to education issues in Chile and the world.
I was born in…..Santiago, the capital city of Chile, I have spent most of my life in….Santiago, and now I live in…..Singapore. My favourite local films are…..Machuca (2004) and El Chacotero Sentimental (The Sentimental Teaser, 1999). The first film is the story of two boys from different social backgrounds during the last period of Salvador Allende’s socialist government and before General Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship on the early 70s. The second is a comedy about a real Chilean radio DJ who has a programme where anonymous listeners reveal their love stories, complete with mix-ups, disputes and passion. When I need a reminder of home, I listen to…..Radio Zero, where I can listen to the new groups and discussions about trending topics in Chile, covering different areas such as art festivals, politics, entertainment, gossip, etc. My favourite time of the year is…..Spring, from September until December. Perfect weather. It also matches with the celebration of our national day, one of the biggest festivities of Chile. We call it September 18. If you are in Chile at this time, wherever you are, north, central, south, you will have a good time. Food, dance, music, and meeting up with family and friends – it’s the perfect formula for this festivity. My all time local hero is…..Gabriela Mistral, the Chilean poet, educator, diplomat, and feminist who was the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1945. My favourite local phrase is…..“Oh! lo pase la raja” meaning “What a great time”. My favourite words to live by are…..seize every minute to the fullest. What I love most about my home country is….EVERYTHING.