Eric Damey, 30’s
Current Role: Accounting, IT & Investor
What racial, ethnic, cultural community or communities do you identify with?
Mixed races of Cambodian & White.
When and how did your family come to the United States? Where were you born?
Dad was born in the U.S and is White, while my mom immigrated from Cambodia and is Khmer. I was born in Seattle, WA.
What are the strengths and challenges of being Asian, Asian American, and/or Pacific Islander?
One of the biggest strengths of being multicultural is the ability to integrate well into both sides of each race; having the best of both worlds. As I'm getting older, I am finding that I'm leaning more towards my Asian identity and embracing Asian food, music and culture.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Sounds a little strange and probably a little egotistical or off-putting, but it's more of an accomplishment for me to be proud of others than I will ever be of myself.
What is one thing you learned or appreciate from your family growing up?
Food and togetherness
Do you speak your family's native language? Why or why not?
No, because I lived with dad growing up so I didn't get much exposure to Khmer. I have been to Cambodia, but I can only pick up a few words here and there.
What advice do you have for the younger generations in our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community?
Accept who you are and your culture. If it's different than others or the majority around you, embrace it instead of denial. Ignorance is everywhere, so the best thing you can do is put yourself in their shoes and understand why they think different.
What gives you the greatest joy in life?
Traveling to Asia while eating good food & enjoying drinks with my loved ones.
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