Hello ACP Family,

May is Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, which I get a little excited about because it means a lot to me considering I am Asian-American. My father is Thai, born in Thailand, he emigrated here in the 70’s in search for work and opportunity. He eventually met my biological mother (who is Irish-American) and they got married and had my older sister Cheron and me. Although they didn’t stay together, things turned out for the best because then my father got remarried and had two more awesome children, my younger sister Charlene and my younger brother Nicholas. He currently lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand. With his dual citizenship, he comes to visit intermittently.

One thing I appreciate about being of Asian-American mixed heritage is that I think it represents what it means to be part of the American melting pot. I get the privilege of partaking in more than one amazing culture and the history that goes along with it. It’s a beautiful and interesting learning experience. The best part of it all is that I get to share that with those around me. Being Thai means as much to me as it means being American. Both are two small facets that make me the gem that I am.

I also appreciate Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month because this includes all of the nationalities on the Asian continent as well as all of the islands of the pacific, which includes so many people who deserve to celebrate who they are and what they’ve accomplished.

If you know any Asians, Asian-Americans, or Pacific Islanders, let them know how much you appreciate them, the work they do, and how much you respect their culture. In this current time of a national pandemic, Asians and Asian-Americans have unfortunately seen an increase in hate crimes committed against them. This is very sad and disappointing. A kind word, a simple smile or hello can go along way in showing that they deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. These little acts of kindness make the world a better place and bring people closer together, especially in times of crisis.

Thank you for letting me share this with you all. Have a great rest of your week,

Much Love,

Cherie Poolsiri

Ms. Washington AC

 

Grandma Me, Nicholas, Dad, Cheron

Mom (Step-mom), Auntie, Dad Charlene

Dad at Thai Temple