“So what? You’re another person, so of course you look different. What do you need to be ashamed for?” – Yana Toboso
I knew I was different when I became obsessed with podcasts when I was nine years old.
I knew I was different when I first saw the documentary Becoming Elmo and loved it.
I knew I was different when I listened to TedTalks instead of Disney Channel.
I knew I was different when I was the only Asian in my grade.
I knew I was different when I was wondering if I should pretend to be stupid because I didn’t want to fit into a stereotype.
I knew I was different when I was used to show “inclusion”.
I know my life would be easier if my European descent was more visible.
I know I am different, but I know it does not stop me from being a human or deserving respect and love.
Things people have told me:
- Are you adopted from China?
- I’m surprised you don’t have an accent
- You’re part of the global girls
These behaviors are learned behaviors, they are broken people having kids and not only teaching but normalizing their broken behaviors. No one is born with these thoughts, no one is born with this anger.
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