How background and culture plays a role in everyday life.
As I have gotten older, I sought out like minded people who I can share my life’s journey.
Luckily, one’s own individual culture can be practiced here in Canada.
I sought out Vietnamese people to connect with since 2017 when I ventured back to school at Durham College.
The reason I did was I felt I needed that deep down. I guess it is the phase in your life to seek out your cultural roots.
These Vietnamese students from Vietnam held a unique perspective and had smarts. They were able to learn English and navigate their way into doing school and work after.
It was surprising to see this. Back in 2008 when I was in university, I did not see many Vietnamese students. Now that Vietnam has quite developed, I see many Vietnamese students here in Canada pursing this and that.
A different perspective that you can relate with helps with mentorship and relationship building.
I saw this Japanese-American Computer Software Engineer now YouTuber mention this: Mayuko. She explores her roots time-to-time in her videos exploring her Japanese and American identity.
Basically find someone with a similar background as you or someone who can empathize with you.
I had to put myself out there and find my people so I could ask questions. I was looking for help and to help back. It is natural to ask for help and find that someone who can guide you on the right path. I did not do this until 2017.
I reconnected with my cousins back home in Vietnam recently. We talk online daily. I really needed that.
My cousins back home think like me. We are all supportive of each other. I am lucky to have these connections with Vietnamese here in Canada and my Vietnamese family back home.
The friendships I created with Vietnamese here and abroad helped me understand myself. No longer was I just an empty undriven person. I now had the opportunity to experience what it was like to be friends with Vietnamese and enjoy socializing about the things I experience first-hand being either Vietnamese, Canadian, and Vietnamese-Canadian.
I can always have a laugh with my Vietnamese friends and family as there are unique things that Vietnamese people only get. It is so much fun even just talking/messaging over Facebook/Discord. No need to travel or spend tons of money to have a laugh.