As a teen falling short one year of the age requirement for this year’s election, I find my role more crucial than ever to encourage those fortunate enough to vote. It’s this idea of civic engagement that drove me to take on projects that allow my voice to be amplified among potential voters. Instead of…
I am a first-generation Hmong-American due to the selflessness of my parents, who gave up everything that they knew in their homeland to immigrate to the United States, all for a better opportunity to provide for my siblings and me. For those who are unaware, the Hmong people are an ethnic minority within the Asian community, typically residing in Southeast Asia – my parents for example were born in Laos but lived in a refugee camp located in Thailand.
Growing up as a child of immigrants in the U.S., sometimes I felt like an outcast.
Often as a Mexican-American, I thought only folks from Latin America had immigration stories and struggles — these struggles ranged from language barriers, diasporas among immigrant children, culture shock, etc. As I got older, I realized this narrative of only Latinx immigrants being here was not true. I never thought folks from different backgrounds would have such similar immigration stories as I do.