Aimi Shukri, 30's
Current Role: Senior Manufacturing Engineer with an Industrial Automation manufacturer
What racial, ethnic, cultural community or communities do you identify with?
When and how did your family come to the United States? Where were you born?
I was born in Malaysia and came to the United States to attend university when I was 19 years old.
What are the strengths and challenges of being Asian, Asian American, and/or Pacific Islander?
Our strength is that we are respectful and tolerant of the people around us, especially the elders. The challenge that comes with that is it's more difficult for us to speak up against issues that are uncomfortable to be talked about.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Anytime someone says that I have acted with kindness or compassion.
What is one thing you learned or appreciate from your family growing up?
We stayed together and had each other throughout the rough times.
Do you speak your family's native language? Why or why not?
Yes, I still use my native language when I communicate with my family back home. My husband also speaks it. We use it at home so that our children is familiar with the language.
What advice do you have for the younger generations in our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community?
Each culture has good and unique values that we need to hold on to and impart to the people around us.
What gives you the greatest joy in life?
Are there any projects you have created that you'd like to share and promote?
Several years ago, I was invited to be on a panel for a career seminar at the University of Washington for Malaysian Students Association. During the presentation, I made a point to highlight the Core Malaysian Values and the core American Values so that students can maximize on these values in helping them develop their personal and career goals in order to start a career in the United States.
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Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander voices in our communities.
This is a section for AAPI specifically because, coming from our Khmer culture, we often feel invisible in various spaces from school to the media.
We want to show the ways in which we are the same and different, and that all of our backgrounds and experiences are valuable to learn and celebrate. Let's uplift each other!
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