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by Anna Dang

I resent that I’m Vietnamese American.
I once questioned if I resented the Vietnamese
Because the feeling of self-hate felt similar to the feeling of displacement
that I have always felt deep in my Heart

But now, I know self-hate was my mistake.
It was just once hard…


by Natalie Truong

For as long as I can remember, the end of July has always filled me with cautious optimism. While school is still a good month away, I am already populating my calendar with classes, projects, and hopes for this upcoming fall. And what a return it will…


by Anna Dang, SEARAC Communications Intern

Pride Month is coming to a close, but at SEARAC, we are not done celebrating! We continue our commitment to honor LGBTQ+ Southeast Asian Americans, this month and every month. In this special Pride Month newsletter, we spotlight two community leaders: Tracy Nguyen and…


by Jenna McDavid

In SEARAC’s Our Voices archive, we have incredible first-person accounts of what LGBTQ+ heritage means to our staff and partners. My colleague Kham S. Moua wrote in 2020 about the importance of solidarity among movements and communities. “I choose to fight alongside the LGBTQ community and Black…


by Souvan Lee

Families all over Laos disintegrated after the Vietnam War and Secret War ended in 1975. They were unsure of what to do next. Those who fought with the US feared for their lives. But they disagreed on whether to stay in Laos or to leave for the…


by Eric La Nguyen

If any of you know my dad well, you’ll know that being silly, lighthearted, and goofy are just in his nature, whether he’s trying to be or not. There was this one time where we were all at the dinner table and my sister sneezed.

My…


by Sarah Kith

I am who I am because of my heroines: my late grandmother who passed away last summer at 96 years old, my aunts and my mother. Thank you for being strong and resilient!

I am Sarah Kith, a child refugee from Cambodia. Today, approaching my 50th birthday…


by Vichet Chhuon

Brothers and sisters have unique bonds. We play together and against each other. We compete for attention from our parents. We also take each other for granted. Our siblings shape us in profound ways. Consider how different we would be without them.

For immigrant children, our brothers…


As a child of refugees and the first person in her family to be born in the United States, Julia felt the weight of immense pressure to ‘do something amazing’ in order to fit a certain mold of success.

“On top of that, I never developed coping skills for stress…


Since she left Cambodia, Thary Sok has resided for six years in the city of Santa Ana, CA, with a population of around 7,000 Cambodian Americans, according to the 2010 Census. Like many Cambodians, Thary’s household is a multigenerational one, with her husband, daughter, and two grandchildren living under one…

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