Cultural Connections

Cultural Connections: From Mexico to Maryland

August 19, 2019

By JULIA GASPAR-BATES — Growing up in the small colonial town of Cotija, Michoacán, in central Mexico, Paulina Valencia Quiroz recounts a peaceful upbringing among “houses built 500-600 years ago and horses that would sometimes wander in the streets.” Valencia grew up in a large family of 11 [read more]

Cultural Connections: From the Caribbean to the nation’s capital

December 17, 2018

By JULIA GASPAR-BATES — Hyattsville resident Janine Dowden is no stranger to adversity. Growing up on the Caribbean island of Grenada, Dowden suffered trauma at age 12 when she survived a car accident that left burns on 65 percent of her body. “My aunt was living in Washington, so she assisted [read more]

Cultural Connections: Resilience, hope for Angolan resident

August 16, 2018

By JULIA GASPAR-BATES — Growing up in Luanda, Angola, in southwestern Africa was not always easy for Hyattsville resident Helder Almeida. “There was a lot of domestic violence in my family, so I grew up quite fast. When I was eight years old, my father pointed a gun at my mom. Seeing this [read more]

Cultural Connections: From Reykjavík to Washington, D.C.

December 21, 2017

BY JULIA GASPAR-BATES — Growing up in Reykjavík, Iceland, Ólafur Jónasson experienced a lot of autonomy. The capital city has an estimated population of 123,000 and boasts a very low crime rate. Jónasson explained, “It’s quite safe — when [you] are 7 or 8, you start walking to school on [read more]
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