Editor's note: The World Vision family is comprised of thousands of staff members from various personal, professional, and spiritual backgrounds -- each of whom has a unique story of being led to our ministry. To highlight this diversity, we're starting a monthly series in which a different World Vision staff person will share "what working at World Vision means to me."
Growing up as one of the only Asian Americans in my predominately white neighborhood, I was often on the receiving end of racial slurs.
This left me angry and confused. I often felt misplaced.
In college, I began to ask questions about my family’s past. I hoped to find something that would explain all the childhood teasing and bullying.
In this search I discovered Malcolm X, a civil rights activist who found himself in being a voice for the voiceless. I believed that I, too, could express my family’s American experience and be heard.
Representing the marginalized and the oppressed became my call; writing and photography became my tools.
Over the past 10 years, I’ve had a wide variety of seemingly random editorial jobs. I always wondered how it would come together in a focused way.
When my wife and I decided to move to Seattle to be closer to family, I applied to work at World Vision on a whim earlier this year, as other options were not working out.