The AAPI immigrant experience: A journey of geography and identity
On our previous episode of Uniquely Milwaukee, we began our recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with powerful monologues from Milwaukee Repertory’s The Heart Sellers. These stories, shared by immigrants who arrived in Milwaukee in the 1960s and 1970s, were filled with hope and resilience while also providing valuable perspectives of an emotional experience.
For this episode, we sought out a viewpoint from right under our own roof. Radio Milwaukee director of finance Leana Henderkott was born in the Philippines and moved to Iowa with her family at a young age, growing up as one of the few individuals of color in her city. In the course of our conversation, Leana shares profound insights to her journey of identity as an Asian American and the literal journey of her mother, Pam, who embarked on a remarkable and life-changing move from the Philippines to America.