In my job, many times I travel to places where there are few to no Asians, and I teach the employees there how to take advantage of their retirement plans, so that one day they don’t have to work anymore.
Who are you?
I am Jason Su, a 26 year-old male born in Detroit, MI, whose parents were the first generation to immigrate to the US. I spent most of my life in Centreville, VA (a part of “NOVA”), and it is here that I had the fortune to grow up with a diverse set of friends doing diverse activities. I always remind myself of this as I have moved away from home and realized people are not always as open to others’ differences.
What do you do?
I find that a lot of what I do is defy stereotypes. In my job, many times I travel to places where there are few to no Asians, and I teach the employees there how to take advantage of their retirement plans, so that one day they don’t have to work anymore. It’s one of the best feelings to leave the company knowing that the guys who work the night shift at a manufacturing plant finally understand the importance of saving for retirement, but also that the Asian guy that talked to them was, “doing his own thing,” which is different from what they thought most Asian guys are like.
Why are you proud to be of Taiwanese heritage?
It’s important to be aware and proud of one’s heritage. I am a 2nd generation Taiwanese American but have been fortunate to visit Taiwan frequently as all my extended family is there. I have come to realize the friendly and respectul culture of Taiwan, despite the struggles her people have been through. And you can always count on the Taiwanese work ethic, something we should always value and maintain.
What does the future of Taiwanese America look like to you?
It is filled with people who continue to excel in the academic realm and have respectable and fulfilling careers, but who also become more well-rounded. We’ll see more Taiwanese Americans on varsity sports teams and leadership positions, for example. We will be viewed as fun, social, and assertive, in addition to the current positive characteristics we possess.
Any additional information you would like to share?
How many Taiwanese Americans do you know who love country music? You can add me to that small group, haha. Please check me out singing some country songs. Please keep in mind that I took piano, not voice, lessons growing up.
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