As with all parents, she had a vision for our futures. For my brother: a doctor and married (he’s a very successful engineer and happily single). My sister: a movie star and shamelessly beautiful (she’s a veteran’s service officer and yes, shamelessly beautiful). For me: no need to work but be smart and married to a doctor (lawyer is acceptable but not a military man) with children. I served 25 years in the military, married a Swiss person I met in a rainforest—he did not serve in the military, mom— and worship our adopted son. Our journeys continue with the strength, character, and hope from our family and friends.
As we celebrate AAPI this month, I hope we all take the time to share a little of who we are, our stories, and our wishes. It’s wonderful to hear the brilliantly colorful stories from others in the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community – there is so much cultural and generational diversity throughout our society. Our rising AAPI generation is particularly wonderful to hear from as their journeys and perspectives are fresh while still echoing others. We all have opportunities to enjoy and learn from this generation of young people, whether AAPI or another background, and I hope they will use their voices to speak out loud.