Linda Green’s, “Notes on Mayan Youth and Rural Industrialization in Guatemala,” was an interesting read. She explores how global capitalism has penetrated into the lives of traditional Mayan families. More specifically, she examines the popularization of wage labor amongst Mayan youth, and, how this experience affects their families. Certainly, many traditional Mayan parents attempt to preserve their cultural customs and practices, such as, subsistence activities on the milpas. However, Mayan youth are interested in the modern ways of life, such as, wage labor in the maquila factories. I was intrigued by the fact that, while these parents try to avoid it, they rely on the modern for survival. For example, in the case of Martina, her parents did not want her to work in the maquila factory. However, her family began to depend on the cash that she made in order to supplement their livelihood, often borrowing money from her to make ends meet (114.) Not to mention, Martina earned less than 50 cents per hour, highlighting the extreme exploitation of youth. This situation illustrates the indirect effects of global capitalism. Although Martina’s parents did not work in the factories themselves, they were heavily impacted by this system of global capitalism. This situation demonstrates the contradictions that exists between the “traditional” and the “modern.” It appears as though no matter how much people try to avoid globalization, it is incorporated somehow.