Katherine Ellis American Fork, UT I stood alone by the playground, kicking pebbles. Someone approached me and I glanced up eagerly, hoping for a friend. “Are you Chinese?” the girl spat at me. “No,” I mumbled. “I’m half Hmong.” “Monk? What’s that?” She looked at me like I should be bald and humming in an [...]
Valarie Castillo Albuquerque, NM New Mexico IS in the United States.
Silvia My Salvadorian mother came to the United States and wanted us to assimilate. We spoke English in the house and most of my mom’s friends were Americans. I’m sorry for this….I lost culture.
Chuy Benitez Houston, TX When you grow up at the collision of two countries, of two cultures, of two identities, you learn very quickly the different nuances between the two cultures and you adapt to appease whichever culture you have to encounter. It makes you more observant, but of course it doesn’t occur without making [...]
Kevin Goodman Ann Arbor, CA In 6 words tried to describe my current place in my journey with race a as young queer ambiguously multiracial man in the United States who is working towards a better future.
Marti Murphy South Pasadena, CA
Tim Jordan Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation