Hella Chluy, 30’s
Current Role: Entrepreneur
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?
1984. Born in Khao I Dang refugee camp in 1983.
What are the strengths and challenges of being Asian, Asian American, and/or Pacific Islander?
Strengths is having pride for our culture and the refugee and hustle mentality instilled by my parents. Challenges are racial inequality, being invisible to the rest of the world, being the “other.”
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Being the first boy in my family to graduate high school and getting my black belt in Taekwon-Do.
What is one thing you learned or appreciate from your family growing up?
Discipline, respect, and being taught to work hard at a young age to achieve my goals.
Do you speak your family's native language? Why or why not?
What advice do you have for the younger generations in our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community?
Know your identity, have knowledge of self, know what you want in life and execute your goals rather than just talk about it. Actually go and do what you planned. Don’t let anyone bring you down or get in your way. Have a strong circle of like-minded and positive people, get rid of the “yes men.” Keep the ones who are honest, who will tell you how they feel and give you constructive criticism. Those are the people who want you to thrive in life.
What gives you the greatest joy in life?
Showing love and not expecting anything in return.
Are there any projects you have created that you'd like to share and promote?
My first podcast episode of ChluyTalk. All my links can be found at www.hellachluy.com and www.chluytalk.com. Also, check out my music on all streaming platforms under “Hella Chluy.”
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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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