As a chef and businesswoman, I have made it my professional and personal policy to give back to my community as much as I can. I always try to contribute where and when I’m asked to. Nonetheless, there’s one entity that holds a special spot in my heart and can call on me anytime. And that’s none other than The Hockaday School.
That’s because I’m a Hockadaisy—a graduate of The Hockaday School. Whatever I am today, Hockaday shaped a large part of it.
The Hockaday Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Reception
One of my most recent activities as a Hockaday alumna is performing the role of the keynote speaker to the school’s very first Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Reception. I’m honored to be even invited to play this role.
The reception is a celebration of senior-year Hockadaisies who are Asian or are of Asian descent. The event recognizes our unique culture and identity. Additionally, it affirms our belonging to the diverse Hockaday community at large.
A brainchild of senior Emily Ma and Form III Dean Jessica Chu, the reception will now be an annual affair. It takes its place as one of the three heritage receptions that Hockaday hosts for its seniors. The other two are the African-American and the Latinx/Hispanic receptions. The African-American reception started 15 years ago, while the Latinx/Hispanic one began in 2018.
My other Hockaday projects
Acting as the keynote speaker to the first-ever Asian and Pacific Islander senior reception isn’t the first time I got involved with Hockaday as an alumna. I’m always willing to come back to the school and share my knowledge and experiences to its students.
Among the things I did for Hockaday is writing an article for its magazine in 2015. In 2017, I sat at the panel of the school’s Hats Off to the HAARTS event, which for that year zeroed in on alumnae in the culinary arts.
As I wrote in my article for that 2015 Hockaday magazine, “I am who I am today because of my parents and their strategic decision to send me to Hockaday for a better education.”
I’ve had an amazing time as a boarder at The Hockaday School. The school will always have a special place in my heart.