Kuala Lumpur: Despite migrating to the United States (US) for 10 years, L Kumaar has never forgotten his origins.
The proof is that the 33-year-old man from Klang, Selangor is not only actively uploading video content related to Malaysian specialties on Youtube.
In fact, he also taught his wife, Rachel Kumaar, 30, to speak the national language.
Recently, Kumaar upload videos showing Rachel test by asking his wife to find ingredients at the supermarket guided by a list of names in languages other than English.
The couple’s action got the attention of the citizens who described them as a cute couple in addition to praising Rachel’s seriousness in responding to her husband’s challenges.
Telling further, Kumaar, who works as a media strategy officer at a marketing agency, said he migrated to the country because he received an offer to further his Master of Business Administration (MBA) Project Management at Devry University, Illinois, USA.
“I met Rachel at a ceremony held in a church.
“Since then, we have been in a relationship and finally agreed to get married in June 2014.
“Our relationship is blessed by both families and has receptions in Malaysia and the US,” he said when contacted by Harian Metro via WhatsApp.
Like other couples, Kumaar and Rachel are also unable to run away from the challenges in the world of extra marriages they come from different backgrounds and cultures.
“Our main challenge is communication and cultural differences. However, we try to learn and appreciate each other’s cultures.
“Every day, we learn to understand each other and always find a middle ground in all differences in order to find common ground that can unite families,” he said, bestowed on two bright eyes, two-year-old Zaden Kumaar and his five-month-old brother, Kyren.
Commenting on his determination to teach Rachel understand and speak a language other than English, Kumaar said, it’s one way to make sure his wife was not clumsy and can speak well when it comes to Malaysia.
“I can not believe I’m sharing on Youtube that shows the challenges Rachel speak in Bahasa Melayu for 24 hours, and many others attract warganet.
“This is because we do recordings just for fun, nothing more than that.
“After all, I am proud of the country, language and culture of Malaysia so I really want to teach my wife and children to appreciate it,” he said, who has gathered 110,000 followers on Youtube.
Kumaar said, the goal is to make Malaysia famous in the eyes of the world through its partnership on digital platforms
According to him, the desire is there after migrating and seeing the presence of a handful of Malaysians who do not really appreciate the culture while he is proud of his identity even though he has lived abroad for a long time.
“After moving from Malaysia and settling here, I increasingly appreciate the homeland, culture and local food.
“In fact, I can’t wait to return to Malaysia because the last time is in December 2019.
“According to the plan, I should have brought my children and wife home last year but the wish was not achieved because Covid-19 but will continue to do so when the border is opened later,” he said.
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