My name is Mitch Toda. And this is a picture of my family at the Honolulu Airport on our first trip home to Hawaii after having moved to California. I am the small kid in front with all of the leis around my neck. I remember receiving leis whenever I went home to Hawaii each year. As always there would be more than one; there were your flower leis, but my favorites were the candy and money leis. As I grew up I would get leis less often, but when I did it was always for significant moments in my life: high school graduation, college graduation, and on my wedding day.+1 notethemayprojectMitch Todafamily photoAsian Pacific American Heritage MonthAPAHMHonolulu Airport
25th MaythemayprojectAsian Pacific American Heritage MonthAPAHMAlan Chufamily photo
My name is Alan Chu. This is a photo of me and my father with several relatives that I met for the first time in China. We are all sitting on the gravesite of my great-grandfather set on a hillside in the rural outskirts of Guangzhou after paying our traditional respects. The trip was memorable for many reasons, but this picture was a special memory of the visit. Although I only could speak a few words of Chinese and my newly acquainted relatives could only speak a few words of English, we somehow managed to communicate as though we had known each other for a life-time.
21st MaythemayprojectAsian Pacific American Heritage MonthAPAHMJoy Liufamily photo
My name is Joy Liu.
17th MaythemayprojectAsian Pacific American Heritage MonthAPAHMCedric Yehfamily photo
My name is Cedric Yeh. This is a photo of me at the tender age of 1. Cute right? Me, not the pig. My folks had a Chinese restaurant and were celebrating Chinese New Year. For a long time it was just a baby picture. I liked it. Little did I know 40 years later I would be breaking it down for insight in to the stories of new immigrants, entrepreneurialism, and cultural exchange. Or that I would be working on exhibitions and collections about Chinese food in America. I still like the paper cocktail umbrellas.
2nd MaythemayprojectAsian Pacific American Heritage MonthapahmJennifer Chenfamily photo
My name is Jennifer Chen. And this is my daughter, to whom I will pass the Chinese stories and heritage that my grandparents passed to me as a child.