Daniella Thach, 20’s
Current Role: BFA Student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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 believe they came in the late 80's/early 90's.
What are the strengths and challenges of being Cambodian?
Our strength is the empowerment that comes from being a descendant of such rich and beautiful culture. I revel in the traditions that my family practices. Challenges include the struggle of relating to my culture as someone who cannot speak the language and who grew up in American suburbia.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
I am super proud of making my art and continuing to develop my portfolio as an artist.
What is one thing you learned or appreciate from your family growing up?
I learned to be very appreciative of each and every opportunity that comes my way. I dedicate my life to my family for the sacrifices they've made and I am so grateful for all the helping hands that have gotten me to where I am today.
Do you speak your family's native language? Why or why not?
I do not speak Khmer. My parents are Cambodian but my father grew up speaking Vietnamese so their common language is English and so, they taught me English.
What advice do you have for the younger generations in our Cambodian community?
I wish I could tell my younger self that you are so, so valid and appreciated in your community and family.
What gives you the greatest joy in life?
Meeting and learning from new people. There are teachers everywhere who can lend you their perspectives and wisdom. Being a student is not confined to studying within an institution!
Are there any projects you have created that you'd like to share and promote?
My artwork! Here is some better documentation of my work on my website. You can also find me on Instagram and Tik Tok.
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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!
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