Are you Chinese or something?

image3 (4)Brigitte Dees,
Stillwater, OK.

Growing up half Japanese, Native American, and white in Oklahoma was a challenge. I don’t look like anyone else and people have reminded me of that my whole life. As an Asian girl I was expected to be quiet, studious, and polite. The reality is I have ADHD and dyslexia, which has never helped me be studious OR quiet! Having dyslexia hindered my math skills and I was always called a “stupid Asian” or a “worthless Asian” because I could never end up with the correct answer after spending twice the time on it. I guess all I can say is sorry for being different!


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