Veiko Valencia

Region: West


City / State: Boise , ID

Boxing is a game with specific rules and strategies. As with other sports, it takes time to understand them, but to be involved, one has to know the rules and learn how to adapt. As an immigrant from Peru, I have experienced many confrontations in the U.S. that involve issues of culture and identity. There is pressure on newcomers in America to assimilate and accommodate to the culture. Ironically, I have seen this within minority groups, each expecting the “others” to adapt to the American system. As in boxing, to culturally survive in the U.S., one has to be alert all the time.