Stephanie Samboo from Singapore

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Stephanie Samboo, the Associate Dean for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sheridan College, immigrated to Canada from Singapore in 2000. She credits her grandfather for being the most influential person in her life, as he motivated her to pursue higher education. Stephanie holds her family name in high regard as it is reflective of her heritage, and hence she decided against changing it after getting married.

Where I am from

I am from the land of the Merlion, half fish and half lion, and its sweet tropical rains, lush green rainforests, and humid salty sea.

I am from a coalescence of Chinese, Indian, Portuguese, and Irish: a tribe of people who loves family, talks loudly, argues passionately, eats with gusto, and will stick their noses into your business only because they love you unconditionally. From a fusion of Malay, Indian, Chinese, and Eurasian delicacies which tempt your noses with their aromas of spices, chillies, and herbs.

I am from imperfect love, omnipresent forgiveness, and the glorious gift of words.

I am from refusing to hate those who do not look like me, those who do not think like me, those who do not have the same beliefs as I do.

From love is patient and kind, love is the opposite of fear, love knows no bounds and love is vulnerable.

I am from playing in the monsoon drains catching tadpoles, chasing butterflies in the Malay kampung, telling Pontianak stories at sundown, and sharing ice-cream swaddled in rainbow bread.

Stephanie Samboo (Singapore)

(Associate Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

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