Being an Immigrant can mean Huge Success (Hispanic Immigrants, Immigrant Success, Hispanic Immigration)
Posted by La Alemana con Alma Latina at June 24th, 2011
Meet Ana Palacios Quevedo, a woman that impressed me from the first moment I talked to her. She was born and raised in Lima, Perú, Ani is a journalist and Communications Specialist as well as an author of many books, including award-winning novels. Read and learn from this remarkable woman!
I’m Peruvian. I was born, raised and started my professional career in Lima, Peru. We came in 1988 for my husband’s master’s degree in information technology. The month he graduated he was offered a job in AT&T, Bell Labs. We decided to stay and moved to a town we’ve never heard of: Columbus, Ohio.
2. How did you grow up?
I was the second daughter of seven children in a well-known upper class family. I grew up during a military dictatorship (General Juan Velazco Alvarado) and the beginning of terrorism decade in Peru (with Sendero Luminoso).
3. What inspired you to take the path you are taking now?
Immigrating to the US and not understanding the physical, emotional changes and challenges. I struggled as a newcomer and want to ease that pain for others.
4. Who were the people that inspired you the most?
Other immigrants. As a journalist, I get to live someone else’s life for that brief encounter and hearing their stories, and some times actually finding out my writings had made an impact, really gets me going.
5. What was an event that impacted you the most when you were a child?
The military dictatorship, hands down. I’ve written quite a few characters and plot stories in my novels that relate to that time in my life (and the lives of millions of Peruvians).
6. What have you been most proud of in your life?
Aside from all the proud moments motherhood and being married gives you? I’d say when my first novel, Nos vemos en Purgatorio, which was self-published, won Best Novel 2010 in the International Latino Book Awards, leaving bestseller Paulo Coelho in second place. Next thing I know, Grupo Santillana offers to publish the book under its seal Alfaguara (same as Nobel Prize Winner in Literature, Mario Vargas Llosa). When I was in Lima last year and saw the billboard with the book cover and my picture on it…. Priceless…
7. What drives you in life?
Using my talents to better the world through knowledge – I see all my writing and speaking as knowledge-sharing. And if I can make one person think about an issue and rethink their position or perception… if I can help someone walk in someone else’s shoes, I know I can make a difference.
Many times I’ll raise eyebrows with my writing, maybe people will initially reject my position… but once that little seed is planted, it cannot be removed… it will find a way to grow in the mind of that individual; and when it does, maybe not right away but eventually, something will change.
8. What are your goals for the next 5 years?
Writing and publishing one new novel each year; taking www.contacto-latino.com to best in class in journalism; completing at least 100 webisodes for www.livinginadoubleworld.tv ; finding a movie producer for my award-winning novel, Plumbago Torres y el sueño Americano. Also, supporting my three kids career and professional dreams; and seeing my husband realize his (he is my partner in everything I do).
9. What would you wish other Latin people to focus on that most are currently not?
Stop being envious and start being supportive of each other.
10. What do you want to recommend to other Latin people listening to you?
Always challenge yourself to do more, to try something new, perhaps even something that scares you or you don’t quite know how to tackle… Never say “I can’t”.