Humans of Khmer America

Tiffany Or

My name is Tiffany Or, and I am 22-years-old. I am Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Chinese. I currently reside in Oakland, CA. I am set to graduate this Spring of 2015 with a B.S. in Health Science from CSU, East Bay. As the oldest of 3 siblings, I am the first to graduate from college.

Being born and raised in Oakland, there is a strong will for survival. I want to be able to achieve a successful life not only for myself, but for my family as well. A lot of my motivation comes from wanting to give back to my parents, who have both instilled great values in me and sacrificed a lot so that my siblings and I can live a comfortable life. They have both influenced me to never forget my Khmer roots and have encouraged me to always pursue my dreams.

Growing in a Khmer household, we were taught to embrace our culture from a young age until now. Every Sunday morning my father would play Sinn Sisamouth’s music and I would just enjoy listening to all the golden age oldies as well as watching the movies. We visit the local Khmer Buddhist temple whenever there is a special event. As I grew older, I’ve learned to see the beauty of my Khmer culture.

My hope for the future is to become a Registered Nurse. It has always been a goal of mine to be part of the medical field. I also hope to visit Cambodia one day to learn more about my country’s history.

I enjoy baking, listening to music, and writing stories.

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