As a first-generation Filipino-American, son of a unionized nurse, and product of New Jersey public schools, I share a deep connection with the issues that will define this election. From the blood, sweat, and tears to the love, hope, and joy that created the foundation of my home and family, my journey has been a beautiful struggle. It is no surprise that this election feels very personal. The chasm in American politics today could not be wider and the stakes could not be higher.
Almost 80% of millennials have moved at some point in their lives—not including moves to attend college—and more than 30% have moved at least three times. The same transient lifestyle that may drive this generation to be more flexible and globally aware can also lull us into believing our footprints are only temporary...but they aren't.
Many millennials with similar backgrounds like myself are born in America and grew up speaking English as their native language, so we hold onto our culture through food. It is often one of our earliest introductions to our roots, a way of coming into our cultural identities. Although food is not the only way I try to stay culturally connected to my Asian identity, it is often the most accessible.