I’m a mental health therapist. I have been working in private practice for three years now, my primary location is in Cary, North Carolina. While my practice caters to those who have the ability to obtain insurance or pay out of pocket, I do oﬀer a number of free and low cost sessions for those in need. Through my work I have had the honor of witnessing the stories of individuals growing up as first generation Americans. It is amazing to witness the stories, confusion, pain, and delight as they explore their own heritage and blend it into the American system in which they are growing up.
This month we are celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month. The United States government chose May to celebrate this heritage in honor of the first Japanese individuals to immigrate to the United States in 1843, and also in honor of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, in 1869, that was worked on predominantly by Chinese immigrants. Since its establishment in 1978, the celebration of Asian/Pacific American Heritage has grown to be a full month and many corporations and nonprofits have made it their mission to educate society about the impact of these amazing cultures.