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Belonging as an Asian American

“You’re a banana.” “Wait, what?” “Yeah, you’re yellow on the outside, white on the inside … It’s a compliment,” my friend clarifies during our side conversation in class. “If it’s a compliment, then why did it leave me with such a heart-sinking aftertaste?” I wondered as I pushed laughter through the lump in my throat…

Personally

Lately, I’ve been reading many of my peers’ writing and the comments that follow. Consequently, I’ve come to realize something about myself: My writing is very personal yet simultaneously impersonal. I write about my thoughts and values, but I rarely mention the names, events or policies that may have prompted them.   My style of…