DANIEL EL ESTUDIANTE PERUANO / DANIEL THE PERUVIAN STUDENT

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Por Peruanista
April 18, 2007


Esta tarde estuve leyendo la historia de Daniel Pérez Cueva, publicada en un diario local. Sentado en el tren de regreso a casa, no pude evitar conmoverme hasta casi llorar. La historia de este compatriota me resulta muy cercana, la historia de su familia, me es conocida por que es la historia de tantos inmigrantes, de mis amigos, mis alumnos, mis vecinos, es mi historia. Y me apena mucho. Una tragedia ha sepultado el esfuerzo de Daniel y de sus padres. Lo siento tanto por ellos.

Ser inmigrante en EEUU no es fácil, como algunos podrían creen en Perú. La vida aquí no es un exilio dorado, pues aunque los estándares de calidad de vida son mejores, pero aquí todo cuesta obtener y cada día puede ser una lucha constante para muchos.

La historia de Daniel y sus padres, es la historia de tantos peruanos en este país y en el mundo, tratando de encontrar un mejor futuro, que nuestra patria no nos pudo ofrecer lamentablemente. Y esto no es una queja inoportuna, sinó la realidad, aunque de lamentos no se puede vivir.

Puedo ver a doña Betty Cuevas tratando de matricular a su hijo en la escuela secundaria, recién llegado de Perú. Tratando de conseguir los certificados de estudios de Lima, traduciéndolos, y vacunando a Daniel para que sea aceptado. Puedo ver a doña Betty trabajando en varios empleos, un full-time y un part-time como hacen tantos inmigrantes, para conseguir el dinero para la educación de sus hijos. Estoy seguro que los familiares en Lima celebraban cada éxito de Daniel, cada carta, llamada, cada noticia, habría sido motivos de orgullo para su padre, aún en la distancia.

El sueño de Daniel se apaga, pero el fuego de su ejemplo sigue vivo en la memoria de su familia y amistades. Entre los peruanos inmigrantes, hay un sentimiento de pesar pero también de solidaridad. No solamente los Cueva-Pérez perdieron a un joven talentoso, sino también nuestra comunidad, nuestro primer país. Es tiempo para otros peruanos de continuar el sueño de alcanzar una mejor educación, que Daniel había comenzado.


DANIEL THE PERUVIAN STUDENT

Today I was reading the story about Daniel Pérez Cueva, published by a local newspaper. Riding the train back home, I couldn't avoid getting emotional, almost about to cry. The story of my compatriot seemed very close, his family's story sounds well known because it's the story of so many immigrants, of my friends, my students, my neighbors, it's my story. And I am very sad. A tragedy has buried the effort of Daniel and his parents. I am so sorry for them.

Being an immigrant in the US is not that easy, as many in Peru might think. Life here is not like a golden exile, because even though life standards are better, but here every thing takes effort to obtain and every day can be a constant struggle for many.

The story of Daniel and his parents, is the story of so many Peruvians in this country and the rest of the world, trying to find a brighter future, which sadly we couldn't find in our country. And this isn't an impertinent complain, but is reality, though we can't live out of complaints.

I can see doña BettyCuevas trying to enroll his son in high school, right after his arrival from Peru. I can see her trying to get his school transcripts from Lima, translating them, getting Daniel vaccinated so he can be accepted. I can see doña Betty working in several jobs, a full-time and a part-time as many immigrants do so, in order to get the money for her children's education. I am sure that his relatives in Lima were celebrating each of Daniel's achievements, every letter and phone call, every news, they had to be a reason for his father to be proud, even if he was far away.

Daniel's dream is extinguished, but the fire of his example is alive in his family and friend's memory. Among Peruvian immigrants, there is a sorrow feeling but also a solidarity response. The death of a talented young man is not only a lost for the Cueva-Pérez family, but also of our community, and our first country. It's time for other Peruvians to continue the effort of getting a better education, which Daniel had started.

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Peruanista, "DANIEL EL ESTUDIANTE PERUANO / DANIEL THE PERUVIAN STUDENT," in The April 16 Archive, Item #810, http://april16archive.org/items/show/810 (accessed November 1, 2014).