Latin Boy ~Shuffle~ The Early Years. By Albert Valencia. ISBN: 978-0-915745-32-6. 6"x9", B&W, Photos, 185 pgs. $22.95
Latino Non-Fiction biography book, Mexican American Latino biography book, Hispanic Non-Fiction Biography book, Latino academic biography, Hispanic Latino memoir book, Mexican American Non-Fiction Biography book
A true compelling story of a boy growing up in the barrios of Watts, Compton, and Pico-Union in South Central Los Angeles amid violence, drug abuse, gangs, racism, and poverty. On the day his parents decide to get divorced his world became tortured. How can he get out of it? How can he make a career when he does not know how? The author takes you on a ride in his life!
Whispers of a future draw this young boy onto a path that is confusing, frustrating, and long. At first, he is just trying to escape his daily surroundings and he begins to write down stories as small swatches of a few words written on paper napkins, newspapers, and on scratch paper. As time passed the author wrote at his desk, on the floor, in darkened rooms, and in the end he always felt better. The stories became the Latin Boy Shuffle, which was a dance when he was a young man and later became the story of his life. The book took his issues and helped him toward resolution to find forgiveness to those who had been in his life and to rectify what happened in his youth; it is was a way to tell youth about his life and offer hope and encourage them to face their life with promise and optimism.
Dr. Albert Valencia is Professor Emeritus, in the Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation, at California State University, Fresno. He has served as Chairperson of the Department, Coordinator of the School Counseling Credential Program. Writing this book was an act of desperation and of firm resolution. Growing up in the world he learned to shuffle, and later it became the Latin Boy Shuffle, a dance that symbolically became my life.
Every story finds the author unbearable until he is able to, at last, breathe. Every story finds forgiveness and sometimes love. This young boy was growing up in a world of poverty, domestic violence, drug abuse, racism, and gangs. On the day his parents decide to get divorced his world became tortured. How can he get out of it? How can he make a career when he does not know how?
With a large extended family, Albert grew up in La Colonia de Watts, and, in Compton, in south central Los Angeles. English is his second language. As a child he was faced with domestic violence, alcoholism, drug abuse, poverty, gangs, and racism. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school and the first to graduate from college.
Dr. Albert Valencia is Professor Emeriti, in the Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation, in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Valencia has served as Chairperson of the Department, Coordinator of the School Counseling Credential Program, is the former Director of the University Mentoring Institute where he trained faculty, staff, and students to work as mentors with first generation university students.
His research interests include domestic violence, the effects of violence on the development and learning of children, the cultural psychology of immigration, multicultural and transnational issues in education and counseling, university student retention and persistence, and, the applied perspectives of conflict resolution, reconciliation, and peace. Dr. Valencia is a former member of the Governing Board of the American Psychological Association, and, is past President of the Gilroy Unified School District Board of Education, and, in 2007, Albert was presented with the UC/CSU “Excellence in Mentoring” Award. Dr. Valencia is widely published in academic journals and in the general media and has presented his research findings at international, national, and state educational and psychological conferences.
Dr. Valencia earned four college degrees while working full time, and, is happily married with four children.