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Yolanda Anderson was born in Panama in 1942 to a seamstress and accountant. Much of her family came to Panama to work on the Panama Canal, and she grew up in a cosmopolitan area that was steeped in segregation. Clear delineations were made in both geography and in the lives of blacks and whites; in fact, trespassing into areas reserved for whites was a crime punishable by imprisonment. Since then, Yolanda has watched Panama grow and change over the years, and she has become a success in her own right. Despite the trials she faced while growing up, Yolanda is an English professor who now teaches teachers. She is divorced, and has five children (four girls and one boy) who have all grown up to be successful engineers and economists. Yolanda enjoys the study of culture and words, continues to teach, and hopes to positively impact the lives of those around her.