When my first grandpa, Ah Gong, left me, there were so many questions I have that were left unanswered. I lived my whole life trying to behave like a traditional Teo Chew grandson should, but I never quite understood the reasons why I was raised that way. I was taught to respect my elders, become a successful doctor or lawyer, and above all else, put my family first. I decided that I needed to delve inside my family history and unravel the cultural identity I have struggled to become. I do not wish for this book to be an autobiography; I am too young for that. Nor do I believe that my life has been any better than the next seventeen-year-old adolescent. In writing this book, my goal is that the stories in my life will be able to impact yours. These stories, to me, are rooted not only in the humanity of the people within them, but also in its importance in understanding the hardships of certain parts of the world. I may be merely a teenager, but I am blessed to have been exposed to a rich family history of culture. I hope to share the stories of the people I have met in my life, people that would otherwise be just nameless faces in the crowd. Why? Simply put, I genuinely believe these stories are worth telling.