Can you start by telling us a bit about where you're from/your background?
Mimi Munoz: My parents are Vietnamese boat people, refugees that fled by boat during the Vietnam War. I was born in California and moved to Oregon at a very young age.
Dan Koo: I’m a Korean American born and raised in LA, while my family comes from various parts of Korea and South America. It makes for some interesting table conversation during the holidays when surrounded by trilingual speakers (not me).
Titania Tran: Like Mimi, my parents are Vietnamese refugees – both “Boat People”. They first met in Vietnam, after the fall of Saigon, reunited in America, and had me. Their meeting, eventually leading to my birth, was a product of war. I am a product of war. Its conditions are ingrained in me. Learning of their experiences, raised in the aftermath, I’ve learned: Wars aren’t won. They’re fought. Fought by devastated people who have everything to lose, for a few selfish people who have everything to gain. It reminds me that in any war, in whatever form it takes, to see myself in the person across from me, and for both of us to look up. To recognize who – or what – put us here.