Las Vegas, Nev. (FOX5) – Lotus Liventan’s humble beginnings, growing up with a traditional lifestyle and culture in Nepal, he says, were a blessing.
“Being in a minority group is hard enough, being a woman, being from a foreign country, not growing up here, not knowing the culture as it is, it’s hard,” Liventhan said.
“It’s so different from here, we’re so different that we go to school, grow up in an Asian family, become a doctor or an engineer,” Liventhan said.
And for Liventhan, this was not the intended plan. When she was 17 years old, she came to America alone with the dream of opening her own business.
Choosing Las Vegas as his final destination, his journey began on his own.
“When you take that leap, when you open your own business, try to figure out if you’re AAPI, you’re going to get support from the community,” he said.
He says he’s very inspired by his culture at two successful coffee shops, Religion Coffee, located in Vegas. He hopes to highlight his hometown.
“Nepal is such a small landlocked country, so it doesn’t have its own ocean, so it relies on other bigger countries,” Livantan said.
Nepal is located between India and China, so the food is inspired by both countries. Livanthan is from Kathmandu and while her journey was successful, she wants to inspire other women to do the same.
“It’s so amazing to see all the AAPI faces working mostly, women working, it’s an amazing feeling,” Livantan said.
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