Disclosure | Latch (feat. Sam Smith)
“When I came to this country, I wanted to go to college. But then life happened. Life was too hard. I didn’t have any money and I had to work.”
“Are you still satisfied with your life?”
“Yes, I’m happy. I’m OK. I work eight hours a day and have a husband and two kids. My dream now is to see my kids go to college, graduate, and become successful.”
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“We always talk about how amazing it is that she came all the way from South Korea and my parents came from Haiti and we meet here.”
“It’s interesting because we come from two strong cultures that are very different. It’s beautiful.”
“Sometimes, we butt heads on things, but it’s not really because of us. It’s just cultural differences. That’s the toughest part, but once you move past it, the love is even better because it’s more challenging. Everyone loves a challenge.”
“What’s one cultural difference you often face?
“I feel it’s the way we show affection. You know how Asians keep to themselves? They are very quiet, very polite, a bit too much sometimes. But America, and more so in the Haitian culture, the people are very funny, outgoing, and loud. They like music and festivals. Sometimes, I just want to have my own or our own quiet private time.”
“Life made me stronger, but it also made me look at people a bit differently. I don’t trust a lot of people because you never know who might stab you in the back.
For example, I tried to reconnect with my father, but he rejected me. He told me I wasn’t a planned baby—I was an accident. Finding out the truth may sting a little bit, but I’m going to keep moving forward. That’s just life.
I haven’t known him as a full-time father since I was six or seven. One stupid reason from his side of the family was that I wasn’t named after him. My mother gave him a second chance when I was 17, but by then I was busy working. He told me at that time that it was my choice if I didn’t want to see him. He started judging me, and the last thing he told me was if I ever went to jail not to call him. I’m 24, almost 25 now, and I’m still jail-free. I don’t do drugs and I don’t hang out with the wrong people. I still tried to put his words behind me and reconnect with him, but he shut me down and told me, ‘Fuck you! I should’ve had you aborted.’ So I thought, I’m not going to let him stop me. When I have kids, I’m going to right all the wrongs that have been done to me in my life.
It’s been similar with many of the people I considered as friends who then took advantage of my trust, which only made me wiser. Now I realize that I was too open with other people. My circle of friends used to be this big; now, it’s this small. I’m comfortable with that. One person gave me the opportunity to be a godfather, and a couple of people consider me a part of their families—that’s all I need. I know that I can’t be friends with everybody.”
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4/12/14 - Solange performing at the 2014 Coachella Music Festival: Day 2.
I’m kind of in love with this.