Sha Eisen is a Vietnamese American marketer who grew up in San Diego and has lived across California, New York City, and Oregon. She grew up as one of just two Asian students in her school, feeling mostly disconnected from her Vietnamese heritage and culture. As an adult, she appreciates her culture and the unique perspective it's provided her—and feels a strong connection to her hometown of San Diego.
WHERE AM I REALLY FROM?
“If they really wanted the answer, I would make them work for it. I’d make them specifically ask, ‘What is your cultural background?’ It may totally be benign 90 percent of the time, but it’s a set of words that is historically so hurtful and inherently racist. I think we just need to make the collective decision to find another way to say it.”