Mully Chea, 30’s
Current Role: Software IT Consultant
What racial, ethnic, cultural community or communities do you identify with?
Cambodian, Vietnamese and Chinese.
When and how did your family come to the United States? Where were you born?
My parents are survivors of the Khmer Rouge. They conceived me in a refugee camp and at seven months pregnant with me, they were given notice that they can come to the United States.
I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
What are the strengths and challenges of being Asian, Asian American, and/or Pacific Islander?
I think the stereotyping of model minority affected my upbringing because even though it was a small community of Asian Americans. I found it very challenging to identify who I truly was because I was not accepted in my own community growing up and felt like an outcast most of my childhood.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
I am first generation Cambodian-American. I am the first person in my immediate family to graduate college - I have a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Master of Science in Health Informatics.
What is one thing you learned or appreciate from your family growing up?
I learned from my family to never give up and always to keep on trying.
Do you speak your family's native language? Why or why not?
Yes, I do and I speak fluent Khmer. I only spoke Khmer at home and when I went to school, I only spoke English.
What advice do you have for the younger generations in our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community?
I would suggest to the younger generation to never let your environment dictate what and where you see in yourself in your future. Always be kind to yourself and love yourself first before giving it to others. Being selfish with good intentions and motives.
What gives you the greatest joy in life?
Giving love and kindness and being loved.
Are there any projects you have created that you'd like to share and promote?
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