Maria Abad, 30's
Current Role: Enterprise Auditor
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 in the Philippines (Olongapo City) and moved to Seattle at age 12. My mother worked for the US government in the Philippines and through 15+ years of service, she was able to obtain a US visa and eventually apply for citizenship.
What are the strengths and challenges of being Asian, Asian American, and/or Pacific Islander?
Producing quality work is a strength, as saving face is often a very important aspect in the Asian culture. Being a person of color sometimes is a challenge, as people may overlook the person just because of their race/ethnic background.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Receiving my Master’s degree in Supply Chain Management while working full-time and being able to present my capstone project in an auditorium full of executives and professionals.
What is one thing you learned or appreciate from your family growing up?
Do you speak your family's native language? Why or why not?
Sadly, I do not speaking Tagalog as often as I should. Growing up in the US, I learned that speaking my native language in public was rude. I eventually stopped speaking it so I could better assimilate to the White culture.
What advice do you have for the younger generations in our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community?
Be proud of who you are and always speak your truth, even if it may seem unpopular or uncomfortable!
What gives you the greatest joy in life?
Spending time with my spouse, Michelle!
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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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