Current Role: Clinical research
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?
Refugee. Early 90s. We came to Seattle, WA. I was born in a refugee camp in Cambodia/Thailand.
What are the strengths and challenges of being Asian, Asian American, and/or Pacific Islander?
Strengths: Rich culture, beautiful/dark/resilient history, traditions, food, and music.
Challenges: Navigating two worlds, being Khmer and traditional/conservative and American and progressive/individualist ideologies. It’s a struggle at times but I am proud of who I am and what I stand for.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Not apologizing for moving through life to my own beat.
What is one thing you learned or appreciate from your family growing up?
I learned that there is strength in numbers. I have 5 sisters and we exhaust our parents a lot (Hahahaha). I appreciate my upbringing in America. My parents always took us out camping/fishing. I was always outdoors, getting dirty and learning some basic survival skills. It was always so fun. I have such fond memories growing up when I did.
Do you speak your family's native language? Why or why not?
Yes I do but not as well as I would like. It’s a hard language to speak and if I don’t practice it, I lose it - and fast, too. I would like learn it again and be more fluent.
What advice do you have for the younger generations in our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community?
Don’t lose sight of where you come from (your roots) because it will keep you grounded and make you appreciate the life you have.
What gives you the greatest joy in life?
Helping others or making others smile/happy.
If you would like to share your voice as a person of color, please read the directions and fill out this form here. All ages, backgrounds, and generations welcome. Thank you!
Who are we?
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!
Charles Calvino Hang
Danielle Bopha Khleang
Emma S. Buchanan
Firda Amalia Herryanddhy
Grace Bora Kim
Justin Cardona (JCool)
Kaitlin Kamalei Brandon
Krystal M. Chuon
Lina (Spring Roll Fever)
Mei Mei Long
Melissa Khoeum Barnett
Note K. Suwanchote
Sam "Smushipig" Javier
Samrach Sar, Esq.
ចាប សាត Sath Chap
Sotheara Jeffrey Lim