May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month. During AA&PI Heritage Month we pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. The MIL Corporation we will be highlighting our AA&PI employees who make the difference this month. Their contributions have enriched our company and are instrumental in our own future successes.

This week, we sat down with Kapil Prajapti. Kapil is a Senior Financial Analyst on our Corporate Service Center team. To learn more about Kapil’s AA&PI background and experiences, be sure to read his interview – below! We will be highlighting our employees throughout the next few weeks so be sure to stick around for our weekly blog posts.

1. What do you hope to see for the Asian community in coming years?

I’d like to see more people from the Asian community come into leadership roles. Whether that be as government officials or business executives, I think it would be great to see the leadership in our communities be more representative of the population they serve.

2. How do you make the Asian identity your own?

I think as a first-generation Asian-American, you struggle with trying to balance the cultures of your roots, for me, India, with the culture of your home, the United States. By understanding to keep this balance, I’ve created an identity where I understand my heritage and develop thoughts and practices from the US.

3. What is one activity or dish from the Asian side of your culture that you think everybody should try?

I always believe that the easiest way to experience a culture is through food. I think that in the past few years, because of a substantial migration of Indian immigrants to the DC area, you’ve seen some great restaurants open up. Though most people are introduced to Indian food with curries, I think my favorite dish in the area is Masala Dosa (savory crepe with spicy potatoes) from Woodlands in Silver Spring.