But, you are not really Chinese

Lianna Thomas,
Congers, NY.

I am a Chinese adoptee. Ive lived in NY practically my entire life (since I was 7 months old). My family is entirely white and I was brought up in a western culture with western traditions. I celebrate my eastern culture as well through holidays like chinese new year, I study the language, and I have traveled back to china many times. But, to my friends I am not chinese. They tell me I don’t know how to cook chinese food, I’m bad at math, I cant speak the language, I do “white girl” things. So, even though I was literally born on chinese soil (while most of my chinese friends have never been to china, let alone been born in that country), my friends still see me as what they like to call “a banana”

 

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