An Intersection of Cultures
My name is Nina Nititadakul. I am a first-generation Thai-American.
As a millennial, media is interlocked into my lifestyle as it is the core basis of how I communicate with others. As an extroverted internet user my interactions with others through social media exchanges ideas at an exponential rate. I am strategically active through my avenues in curating what I will post as a representation of my thoughts.
Oftentimes my newsfeed is flooded with current event like the context of migration. My parents migrated to Los Angeles, meeting through a cultural love of food. He was the delivery driver for her Thai restaurant and she taught him how to cook, and they fell in love. Their commitment and sacrifices allowed me my opportunities.
Yet, I often took my cultural heritage for granted preferring to assimilate with the American identity. The perception of this mutually exclusive mindset embedded a deep insecurity of not belonging.
The reason why I use social media as frequently as I do today is partially that I want to feel a sense of togetherness. The fluidity of using media literacy means that another person can relate to your story. It creates a communal connection to any finite detail in each other’s lives. My largest community among media is ‘The World’s Greatest Volunteers’ on Facebook with nearly 200 people. We are a group of friends that met at a summer camp with The Torino Foundation that began volunteering with kids with Autism.
We all live in Clark County, one of the highest populated states with undocumented immigrants. One core aspect effected is the education system where Nevada ranks nearly last in the country due to the disparity of learning resources. Creating a community for my students will be significantly important as my role as a Special-Education teacher this year.