Val’s story is likely to resonate with many of GOLDENROOM’s readers. From a White American family, well off and well educated, Val then fell in love with a uneducated Mayan man. His values appealed to her and she was entranced by the Hispanic culture. But sadly, after the birth of her daughter, Val’s husband left, leaving her with the challenge of raising her bi cultural child as a single parent.
How to ensure that your child has access and information to both their cultures under these circumstances? Well, as we are sure readers will agree, Val took extraordinary measures to provide her daughter with the best of her Hispanic heritage. This included learning Spanish, speaking only Spanish in their home, and even relocating to New Mexico, an area with a predominantly Hispanic and Native American population. But Val’s duty as a parent also meant protecting her daughter from the unique prejudices face by children of mixed heritage. Read all of her unique and sometimes difficult story at: