Preserving Culture in La Boca

We started the day off with a lecture about innovation and startups by a software engineer named Ezequiel. He talked about his new developments and technological advancements that help increase efficiency in the healthcare system. He talked a great deal about what his company Codika Solutions does and gave us a few examples of what his company has done. After our discussion of innovation and progress in such a dynamic society, it is interesting to think about how tradition could be maintained. In the face of progress, it is important to maintain any values that one might have and be sure to stay to true those beliefs. However, when change challenges those beliefs it might be beneficial to re-evaluate your values to really understand what is important to you and stay true to that. In order to attempt to maintain tradition it is important to identify what is important to you and take time to step back from things that could take you further away from what you believe. We then visited La Boca today, which is an area that has been credited with keeping Argentina’s culture alive. In the face of change and modernization, La Boca has been able to emphasize the important aspects of Argentinian culture through the use of unique and colorful murals, each portraying a different aspect such as Tango and soccer. Some of the first few massive murals we saw by a famous artist both depicted these two important aspects of Argentinian culture that has last through years of modernization and societal change. While these colorful murals have attracted tourists making La Boca a popular destination that is unfortunately almost museum-like, the people of La Boca still hold on to their culture. Walking through La Boca, I could see some of the murals that portrayed what seemed to be the struggle of immigrants in Argentinian history, something that has shaped the country’s culture and way of life. Along with murals of people dancing the tango, there were also many milongas, which are like tango centers, where many people can go to experience something very traditional and important to Argentinian culture. By celebrating Argentina’s rich culture and history through the preservation of milongas, vibrant depictions through murals, and the marketing of traditional and handmade artifacts such as mate cups.

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