Jerome Damey, 30’s
Current Role: Senior Brand Designer. I work for Redfin. As a Brand Designer, I work with a team that both stewards and progresses Redfin's visual identity. Most of my work consists of motion graphic and illustration design.
When and how did your family come to the United States? Where were you born?
My mother made her way to the states back in the early 80s through a sponsorship program, I believe. I was born and raised here in Burien, WA.
What are the strengths and challenges of being Asian, Asian American, and/or Pacific Islander?
Being half Khmer and half White, I think people find it hard to pin me down and, so far, that's been somewhat advantageous. Growing up as bit of chameleon allowed me to make friends across a wide array of cultures and races.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
It's not really a definitive moment but rather a series of small steps in advancing my artistic abilities that have allowed me to work as an artist full time.
What is one thing you learned or appreciate from your family growing up?
My family made it a point to spend time together. None of my siblings participated in team sports or clubs because we were too busy going out on hikes, fishing trips and getting together with extended family. I think that if I had to name one thing I learned, it would be how to make bonds that last forever with love and community.
Do you speak your family's native language? Why or why not?
My Mother had taught my brothers and I to speak Khmer but that slowly faded after Kindergarten. Our inability to speak Khmer is, in part, due to the fact that my Father never learned Khmer so our household language was English. I am hoping to enroll in a Khmer class, but with all that's going on, I fear that may be delayed for a while.
What advice do you have for the younger generations in our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community?
You get to define who you are and nobody else.
What gives you the greatest joy in life?
My wife, my family and life itself.
Are there any projects you have created that you'd like to share and promote?
I'd be cool sharing my portfolio site. Specifically the work I did with my brother Corry on a Cambodian rice farming game called, Seasons of Rice.
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