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Lupita Salmon was born in Bocas del Toro, Panama to parents from Costa Rica whose parents immigrated to Costa Rica from Jamaica. Lupita is a teacher and has been for most of her life. She can read and speak English, but cannot write it. Lupita acknowledges her West Indian heritage, but sees herself as a black Panamanian. She feels she can be a combination of cultures without losing her own personal identity. She also feels that her life has been influenced by West Indian principles and values, which define the West Indian communities in Panama. Lupita is active in her church community and has traveled the globe with her church. She has visited most of Central America, Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Argentina, Chile, England, and Israel. Lupita is married and has three children, one of whom lives in the United States.