Grace Valenzuela, Portland, 2009

Courtesy of Jan Pieter Van Voorst Van Beest, an individual partner

Grace Valenzuela, Portland, 2009

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A bicultural person, Grace Valenzuela described herself as “an Asian American from the Philippines” in 2009. If, as she admits, “it’s hard to be the only person of color all the time,” she doesn’t show it as she works to bring together immigrant and native-born Mainers to learn from each other.

“Every point of view that gets added to yours expands your worldview. I feel blessed by being in a role where I learn something every day from people whose cultural background is different from mine,” she said in 2009.

Grace Valenzuela immigrated from the Philippines to Maine, and as of 2017 she works as the Director of the Multilingual and Multicultural Center for Portland Public Schools.

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  • Title: Grace Valenzuela, Portland, 2009
  • Creator: Van Voorst Van Beest, Jan Pieter
  • Creation Date: 2009
  • Subject Date: 2017
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Digital photograph
  • Object Type: Image

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