White, female – begin to speak – IMMIGRANT!

Åsa Nojd
San Francisco, CA

For better or worse, my accent changes others’ perception of me in an instant when they hear me speak. That used to make me feel very self-conscious and I sometimes avoided talking, not to reveal that I’m actually a foreigner and not just another white American.

It took me a good 10 years in this country to stop feeling self-conscious about my accent. These days, I interpret an obvious shift in perception because of my accent as a reflection on the other person, not on me. I already know who I am.

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3 Responses to "White, female – begin to speak – IMMIGRANT!"
  1. Craig Safley says:

    Made me feel good.

  2. Heather O. says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I have heard plenty of people speaking English with an accent that have much better things to say than those who had English as their first language.

  3. Jose says:

    Race is an obsolete word. In the end we are all children of god.

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