Ann Arbor, MI.
The reason I said these 6 words is because ever since I came to the U.S at the age of 2 years old, I never really grew up around other Asian people. My hometown is Ypsilanti, Mi, which is really close to Ann Arbor, but much derided by those in Ann Arbor for being “ghetto” or not the best place. Growing up, I was surrounded by white or black people, and younger children I’d say are more accepting of diversity, but once you grow up more, it comes more into play that you are different from everyone else. I almost think I benefited in a sense because I ended up going to Charter school for middle school, and as the only Asian male, I was more so accepted because they only had to deal with one Asian kid. But I would definitely say I’ve always fought to break stereotypes to prevent from being picked on for being “too Asian”, from being the captain of the basketball team, to being President of Student Council. I’ve never wanted to be cornered into some character, and my upbringing has forced me to always fight to defend myself. Now in college, I’ve felt like I’ve made a lot of accomplishments, I’ve made some huge mistakes, but I’ve learned and I’ve always pushed myself with an inner confidence that I can do whatever I want, and no one can stop me. After graduation I’ll be moving out to Seattle to work, and I hope that I keep fighting to maintain my sense of identity, and that I sustain this attitude that no one can stop me so that I can achieve great things.