• Hey Kara. I got a question for you, why did you get arrested?

  • Hey Ignacio. One interest I have most about Panama is the cultures other than African American Panamanians. For example, my mom told me about Chinese people being in Panama, being fluent in Spanish and all of that. I would like to know more about them.

  • Hi Lourdes. Thank you for commenting on my post! My Grandmother and Grandfather were both born in Panama and so was my Mother, aunts and uncles. I have never been to Panama before but know a lot about the culture and the religion Panamanian people live by. Also, what’s your backround?

  • I am Alejandro Rose. What’s important to know about me is that I was the first generation in my family to be born in the U.S. I was born in Brooklyn, NY, August 11, 2002. I have been living in the area in B

    • WOW, very informative I feel as if I experienced what you went through, through your writing.

    • Hi Alex,

      Thank you for sharing your immigration story.

      I appreciated that you shared some of the obstacles that your family had to overcome in their pursuit of the “American Dream.” What lessons did you learn from their struggles? What advice would you give to new immigrants based on what you learned from the challenges your own family faced?

      What a wonderful thing to be bilingual! It is great that you are able to communicate in both Spanish and English because so many young people find it hard to strike a balance and eventually lose the language of their parents.

      I look forward to reading more of your posts on Youth Voices.

      Sincerely,

      Ms. Lona

    • My name is Lourdes. I attend Oakland Unity High School. I can relate with you when it comes to your family wanting the “American Dream”. And would you like to get to know your Panamanian background?

      • Hi Lourdes. Thank you for commenting on my post! My Grandmother and Grandfather were both born in Panama and so was my Mother, aunts and uncles. I have never been to Panama before but know a lot about the culture and the religion Panamanian people live by. Also, what’s your backround?

    • I mean some I like about this is that I also don’t speak spanish fluently even though that’s my families strongest language. One question I got for you is what interest you most about Panamanian.

      • Hey Ignacio. One interest I have most about Panama is the cultures other than African American Panamanians. For example, my mom told me about Chinese people being in Panama, being fluent in Spanish and all of that. I would like to know more about them.

    • I really enjoyed this post, mostly because it speaks out on police brutality – a huge problem in our society that hasn’t been publicized as much as it should be. I, too, hope that one day our nation progresses and we’re able to put an end to this issue once and for all. I also took notice to the fact that you mentioned you’re Panamanian, can understand the language but can’t really speak or write it. I find this to be similar to my situation. I can understand when my immigrated family speaks to me but I can’t really speak it either.

  • Immigration policies are impacting the social structure of the U.S negatively. It is holding back ethnic communities from providing American people their culture, way of life, and what they can provide in society.

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