"We arrived in America as refugees from Southeast Asia, with very little in our pockets, but plenty of hopes and dreams. We worked in the factories and other odd end jobs to support our families, slowly paving our way to become business owners, restaurateurs, and working professionals.
Many of us are rooted in two worlds: one, the green rice fields of our memories; the other, a new world, dense and urban. Over time, our children have adapted and grown, now graduating high school and college with hopes and dreams to give back to their community. As the future of Southeast Asians in Rhode Island, we are committed to reaching out to our community, especially those who have not established a sure footing.
Having come so far, we now set our sights on going further. We are proud to be celebrating the heritage, the rich culture, and the evolution of Southeast Asians in Rhode Island--and in America."