Don’t forget about the smaller nationalities

Emily Kim,
Garden Grove, CA

I look Vietnamese, I have a common Korean last name but I’m neither, I’m Cambodian. All my life I grew up with peers always assuming I’m Vietnamese without even asking what race I am first. I went to schools that dominantly had Vietnamese students witch is why they probably why they assumed I was Vietnamese too. Others thought I was Korean after they found out my last name was “Kim”. Every time I bring up that I’m not Vietnamese, they look at me in shock and so it turns into a guessing game of which nationality I am.


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