This post is a little celebration post for my parents.
Within the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to see what my parents do up close.
I’ve always seen them come home exhausted in earlier years, and now I can understand why.
Working at a Chinese restaurant has been one of the most challenging experiences I’ve gone through. More challenging than school, more challenging than any design or freelance project I’ve ever had. Way more difficult than all-night-model-making and final critique season at OCAD.
With hours longer than most, and also pay that is lower than many others, it’s safe to say that it’s nothing short of a tough job.
A few weeks ago we were invited to be a part of a phenomenal project at CTV for Asian Heritage Month. I admit that I’m not one to begin a conversation about embracing our culture and defending our people, but this project has helped me see the power in doing so.
There are probably thousands of other Asian families in the GTA also looking for ways to feel safe and supported in our current climate. This helps.
I’m grateful for this opportunity, and happy that my parents put me on so that I could return them the favour. Catch them on CTV’s Asian Heritage Month video.
May is Asian Heritage Month. This year, the theme is “Recognition, Resilience and Resolve.” We challenge all Canadians to face race. This is a grassroots initiative by Asian Canadians that calls on all of us to confront racism amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We stand in solidarity with the South Asian community, BlackLivesMatter, and Indigenous Peoples in dismantling white supremacist structures.