The residues of the war for most Southeast Asians communities in America continue to ripple across their lives from one generation to the next. For the Cambodian population residing in Long Beach, California finding a place to call "home" may be just as hard as finding a path to call their own. This special episode of America By The Numbers aired a few years ago, but the issues that it addresses still resonates strongly within the Khmer people scattered across the West Coast and beyond. Seeing my homie Seng So speak passionately about his work and his family during his segment helped to renew my internal fire, my personal pledge to my community and the work I still need to do that's ahead of me. Know history, know self.
Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie breaks down the importance of accessibility and the diversification of literature in modern societal hubs. When there is not enough quality content being pushed towards willing eager minds, what we get instead are ill-informed and miseducated individuals creating their own assumptions and prejudices. I believe in supporting quality literature and content and implementing creative solutions for pushing out the material to the creatively curious. We become a better community when we are constantly learning about one another.