Jessica Nguon, 30’s
Current Role: Nanny
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?
My family immigrated to the United States around 1975-1980 to escape from the Khmer Rouge. I was born in Edmonds, Washington.
What are the strengths and challenges of being Asian, Asian American, and/or Pacific Islander?
As an Asian American, I'm able to experience both Asian and American cultures, and I can understand and speak two languages. I think people tend to stereotype Asian Americans as being smart or nerdy. I don't find myself fitting in those stereotypes.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment so far is finishing my Associate's Degree. Attending college taught me some valuable research and writing skills. It also taught me how to push forward, keep trying and to not give up. I think having all these skills will help me as I venture on towards setting up my own Etsy shop, and eventually learn the details of SEO or search engine optimization.
What is one thing you learned or appreciate from your family growing up?
The one thing I learned from my family growing up is to be responsible. Work hard, have goals to reach, and always have emergency savings for those rainy days.
Do you speak your family's native language? Why or why not?
I can understand Khmer, but can only speak basic Khmer. I used to be able to speak a lot more Khmer when I was younger.
What advice do you have for the younger generations in our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community?
Love and accept who you are. Visualize your dreams, believe in yourself, and take action to make your goals a reality.
What gives you the greatest joy in life?
My greatest joy in life is creating something beautiful and enlightening that will spread love, peace and positive energy to this world.
Are there any projects you have created that you'd like to share and promote?
I make healing gemstone jewelry, dreamcatchers and paper flower gift sets. Shop and website is under construction but will be shared here as soon as it is ready.
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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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