Am I Asian enough for you?

Emily P,
Long Beach, CA

I am an Asian American that fell along the lines of a “model minority.” I was a straight-A student in high school and was in the orchestra for 8 years. Though people still assumed I was “whitewashed” or too “American.” I always thought about what it was that made me more “Asian.” Those who just perceived me from the outside just assumed I was whitewashed based on the clothes I wore and my proper English. I am currently a student at Chapman University and feel that I am still being looked at with a certain stereotype, especially with its lack of diversity.

Chapman University


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