When I was 8, I left my life as I knew it behind, moving hundreds of miles away and switching to online school in order to nurture my young talent in skating. My mom left her job to come with me. Our family sacrificed its unity and almost all our resources in order to do so.
I'm proud of what my family and many like mine have accomplished. My parents came to this country with just the clothes on their backs and a suitcase full of dreams. They established themselves as functioning members of society and raised kids with good morals and values, just like so many other Asian-American immigrants did. That is something to be very, very proud of.
NBC Asian America Presents: A to Z aims to celebrate the emerging voices and breakout stars of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. These individuals aren’t just reading the dictionary of what it means to be Asian American and Pacific Islander in America; they’re writing new definitions every day.