One of the things that I am extremely proud of about myself is being an Asian-American. I am half Asian and half Caucasian. However, due to conflicts in my past I have gravitated more towards learning about the Chinese culture and history. When I was in high school, I hung out with mainly Cambodians. From there, I immersed myself into the Cambodian culture. I fell in love with the people, their history, and their culture. Currently, I sit on the board of the Cambodian American Rescue Organization (CARO) I am so honored to be a part of this team and I look forward to seeing this non-profit grow.
My next project for my second year of service with AmeriCorps will be focused on providing more opportunities for Asian-Americans and bi-racial youth. It has come to my attention that there are very few places and opportunities where Asian-American youth can connect in a safe area. I’d like to change that. My next mission will be to bring back the Asian American Club in the high schools. I want to keep these students engaged about their culture, history, and identity. It is imperative to stay connected to your roots. The next generation coming in will be all bi-tri-multi racial (that’s a whole other story that I will blog about) where it’ll be easy to lose touch with your roots.
Did I mention that I will be traveling back to China this year? While also fulfilling my dream to go to Cambodia? The countdown starts now!