Light the Way
FTS 2020's theme "Light the Way" acknowledges how cultural identity is a difficult aspect of self to figure out, especially when living in the "mixing pot" of America. Setting yourself on the path to discovering your cultural identity may be tricky - as if setting yourself on a path in the dark. The fear of the unknown and confusion from intermingling cultures force our eyes shut. However, with a bit of courage from within, we can open our eyes to find that our paths are lit. Our family, friends, and other AAPI individuals exist as lights on our paths, helping us discover our cultural identities. But at a certain point, we no longer need a helping hand: our confidence in ourselves as AAPI individuals grows enough that we can serve as our own lights - and eventually as lights to others.