Born to Panamanian parents, Debony Hinkson identifies herself three ways: “afro–descendiente” due to her black ancestry,“afro–panameña” because of where she is from, and “afro–antillana” as a result of the multi–national Caribbean culture in which she was raised. Both Debony’s maternal and paternal grandfather were employed in the service of the Panama Canal, her father’s father hailing from Barbados, her mother’s father from Costa Rica; one grandmother is Panamanian–born, the other Mexican. This multi–faceted cultural background figures importantly in her worldview: to Debony, culture is equally as important as education, and representations of black and indigenous peoples in Panama have historically been too limited. Currently a university student, Debony has never ventured outside the borders of Panama, but has plans to travel upon completion of her studies.
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