Kazimier Lim is one of our Delegates Coordinators for Asia Pacific Week 2020. Kazi is in his first year of studying for a Master of International Relations (Advanced).
What is your cultural/ethic heritage and what do you love about it?
I am a Peranakan Singaporean by descent, and I consider myself a Singaporean-Taiwanese-American by culture. The Peranakan are Southern Chinese people who settled in Southeast Asia (particularly areas around the Strait of Malacca) between the 15th and 17th centuries. Due to centuries of interracial marriages and the merging of languages and cultures, the Peranakan culture is a symbol of ‘pre-colonial globalization’ where cultures met, languages conversed, and trade flourished. What I love most about Peranakan culture is its architectural design and unique cuisine – if you’ve never tried ayam buah keluak (black nut with chicken) or sayur lodeh (vegetables in coconut curry) in a tok panjang (a elaborate Peranakan banquet), you’re really missing out!
Where do you want to travel in the Asia and the Pacific region?
Everywhere! I have a list of places I'd like to visit around the world and there have been a few places in Asia and in the Pacific that I haven’t yet travelled to. I really want to try authentic Tongan food, watch the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan, eat everything at the night markets in Taiwan, walk the streets in Dhaka, and do a photography tour up in Hokkaido (and maybe take a cheeky ferry to Vladivostok!). I’m basically a sucker for walking, eating, and sightseeing.
If you were a city in the Asia Pacific, which city would you be and why?
I think I would be Honolulu. The city has diversity beyond comprehension and there is a real push in seeking to balance the hegemonic Continental culture and history with Hawaiian culture and values. I'd like to think that I am trying to be rich in cultural experiences and perspective brokering. Plus, you can never go wrong with the Hawaiian Steak!