Hao Taing, 20’s
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Current Role: Student
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 and raised in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I moved to the United States as an International Student after I finished high school in Cambodia.
What are the strengths and challenges of being Asian, Asian American, and/or Pacific Islander?
Strength - Most Asians are bilingual, some are even trilingual and more.
Challenge - You are always overlooked due to your appearance and your pronunciation.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Starting the Asian Student Association in Normandale Community College.
What is one thing you learned or appreciate from your family growing up?
At the intersection of happiness and gratitude, there’s family.
Do you speak your family's native language? Why or why not?
Yes, I speak fluent Khmer and English, and conversational Chinese.
What advice do you have for the younger generations in our Cambodian community?
Focus on contributing value and make positive impact rather than focusing on things that you cannot change, and be grateful of what you are born with.
What gives you the greatest joy in life?
Family, basketball, and photography.
Are there any projects you have created that you'd like to share and promote?
Photography IG - @frameleven
Podcast IG - @youthavenuepodcast
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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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