Look Asian but culturally I wasn’t

Aurora, CO

I grew up in a very Americanized community although my family was very cultural. All my friends in school were white leaving me to be not only the non white person but the only Asian person in the group. My clothing and appearance drastically changed along with the lunch I brought to school. I would bring rice and some type of protein whether it’s chicken, fish or beef in a container. It had a stronger scent than anyone’s homemade lunch at the table, ended up refusing to feed my body due to the embarrassment I had. I thought that if I assimilated by bringing “normal” lunches and by hiding my identity, I would fit in and not be judged for who I was. I was wrong in many different aspects. I realized that my experiences as an “in-betweener” have their benefits and made me who I am today.


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