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My name is Nancy Monteiro. I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. I came to D. My mom and dad are from Laos. They came to the U. My parents were sponsored by a church in Kansas City, Missouri. My mom was pregnant with me when she came to America, so she was maybe around 19 years old then.
My middle name is Jo, after the lady who sponsored my parents. Mom and little brother at my grandparents' house off of Truman Road in Kansas City. I am first generation born in the U. I only heard bits and pieces through family members and friends.
There was a family friend who wrote a story about my dad for a college application essay, and at the funeral, many people told me how much they respected my dad for helping their family in many ways from escaping the refugee camp, etc. All I know is that he was well-respected in the community; not just within our Asian community, but also in the American community. Back in Laos, my dad had been very influential and well-respected, and because he was part of a specific hierarchical class and more privileged. However, when he came to America, he had to start all over.
He literally worked his way up from the bottom of the ladder, and when people finally began recognizing his talent and expertise, he was offered acceptance into many engineering job opportunities. He was also offered work in the school district in Missouri, which he spent over 20 years working for them. That made me realize that I want to know more stories about my dad, like how he came here to America and how he impacted the lives of so many people. People would send me cards saying how they remembered how he helped them, how generous my dad was, how he saved people in the refugee camps, how he built the Laos temple in Kansas City, how he made Buddhist statues - just how he was such a good person and all the things he did for the community.
So I am hoping to learn more about my dad during this next ceremony. I grew up in the Midwest, and it was really tough because there were really two groups: Blacks and Whites. We therefore were the minority of the minorities. My town had a population of 1,, and everyone knew each other. It was all farmland, but a lot of the Asian people there worked in factories because there were not many jobs. People did everything they could in order to support their families. My family and I stood out, and we could feel people always judging us and staring at us, and because of our race, there weren't many opportunities for us.
This experience eventually pushed me to go to the East Coast for college, as I knew there was more diversity and people were more open-minded there. Also, when I was younger, my family never went out to eat at restaurants; we always ate at home, mostly to save money. I can make it at home for you! My dad had a huge impact on my life.
He raised strong daughters and taught us that we could do anything. If I wanted an outfit, he would take out the sewing machine and make the outfit for me. My dad taught me that there are no gender roles; we should do things because we need to get them done.
In terms of language, my parents spoke Laos, and I spoke it while growing up. Nowadays, people think my accent is Americanized. I tend to shy away from speaking my own language because of being judged by my own people. My dad raised us to not care about these things. I also noticed that in my generation, there are more interracial marriages and therefore more mixed kids, like my own children.
It used to be looked down upon in the past, but nowadays, there is more acceptance. In terms of the disparity between Southeast Asians and East Asians, we are looked down as Laotians because we and other Southeast Asian communities are seen as different and more poor. There are always two things I will always ask my family to make. The second is Keng No Mai, a bamboo soup that is very popular in Laotian cuisine.
My mom is always telling me how easy it is, and then she would take a whole day to cook the dish! But as I have gotten older, I crave Laotian food more. Each dish is prepared with so much care and there is a specific process for each dish. For my mom, she carries sticky rice with her everywhere she goes - she cannot go a day without rice! I have never been. All of my family is here in America now. If I were to go back, I would take my mom. We talked about possibly going when the kids are a little older since it will be easier for them to travel then.
I often joke to my mom that she and my dad are a real life Cinderella story, which my mom laughs off. There was nothing growing up. We learned about Columbus and other historical figures, but there was never anything about Asians. What exposed me to the lack of Asian representation in general was the media, particularly TV. These flawed representations cause others to see Asians in very limited ways, and help perpetuate the often sexist stereotypes.
You can find resources for networking and community support at Laos temples. This is the last picture taken of my dad, when my parents visited me for Christmas in In the picture are my parents with my kids. I want to raise my kids the way my dad raised me and my siblings; I want my daughter to be strong. I want her to make all women proud, not just Asian or Asian American women.
I want her to believe in herself and to be able to be whatever she wants. I want both my kids to strive to be the best. Both my kids are first generation American on their Portuguese side of the family, and so my husband and his family also have their own stories and struggles about immigrating to America. I want my daughter and son to know both sides of history, and to embrace all identities, both Laos and Portuguese.
Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? View fullsize. How did you and your family end up in the United States? Did your parents ever tell you anything about their immigration to America? At the Wat Lao with my family for my dad's blessing after the his funeral. My sister, my mom, and myself doing a blessing for my dad after his funeral. You said that your dad was one of the most important people in your life. Can you tell us a little more about him? One of my dad's hobbies was fishing and bringing fish home to cook for my mom.
My parents at the Wat Lao volunteering their time to help out the temple. What was your experience growing up as a Southeast Asian American? At my high school graduation, with my proud Dad and younger sister. A family trip to Canada during my freshman year at Marymount University.
In what ways did your parents or culture shape your identity? A family trip in Utah. Here I am with my sister and cousin. Not as many people are familiar with Laotian cuisine. What do you recommend? Have you been back to Southeast Asia? Having gone through the American education system, did you ever learn about Southeast Asian or Southeast Asian American history in school? In terms of resources about the Laotian community, do you know of any platforms, organizations, or places where people could go if they need help or want to learn more about the Laotian community in the Washington D.
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