When cousins and lawyers Kathy and Chace race to the finish line of The Amazing Race Australiaamong their cheerleaders will be their 250 relatives, 40 of whom are their first cousins.
The sheer volume of that applause should see these NSW natives achieve their goal of breaking boundaries.
As the children of Vietnamese immigrants who escaped the war, Chace and Kathy represent multiple minorities: the Asian community, especially Vietnamese, LGBTQIA+ and refugees.
And now that the race is going global, these cousins – who both hold dual degrees – are even better placed to spread their message of community to more people.
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Chace, in particular, is ready. He speaks five languages: English, Vietnamese, French, Italian and Spanish. Combine his linguistic talent with his natural friendliness, and you have a strong contender there.
In fact, when he’s not dancing salsa or bachata or playing hockey with the Bentstix Hockey Club, Chace enjoys going to language nights in Sydney. On these occasions, people from all over the world come together and speak to each other in foreign languages, honing their skills.
This flair came in handy when Kathy and Chace once traveled through Vietnam and all over Europe. It will certainly come in handy again once they set out on the Intercontinental Race of their lives.
Although these young Asian Australians grew up together (in the same house, at one point), they both admit that clashes are not unusual for them.
Competitive and strong-willed, Chace and Kathy have their work cut out for them: accomplishing the tasks of the Race without arguing too much (or, at least, agreeing to disagree on the most important points).
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After all, they are on a mission to push the boundaries. If in the process of achieving their goal, they managed to win $250,000 by reaching the finish line of the race first, then that would be a double triumph!
“We want to empower those who are connected to us to come forward and embrace life’s opportunities,” says Kathy.
Speaking of Carpé Diem, raising the banner of minority groups isn’t all the cousins will have to do as they navigate their global tasks.
Passionate about travel, Kathy is also looking forward to discovering the world through running. She enjoys posting about her adventures – both local and international – on social media, where she has amassed a huge following.
While she’s too busy winning with Chace to post any IG-worthy photos this time around, the places they visit will likely spark new routes for future trips.
Watch Kathy and Chace make their communities proud by The Amazing Race Australia on Channel 10 and 10play.
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