Post #31: Almost Asian (But Not Quite)

Today I would like to share an essay written by Heather Dewis of San Jose for an essay contest by the Asian Pacific Fund. It was one of the winners from 2015, and though there are several others that are worth reading, this one spoke to me. Not because I can relate to what she is feeling, but more because I can’t. Which is the point of this exercise: to see through the eyes of another person and try to understand experiences we may never have.

The first link will lead directly to Heather’s essay, but I’m going to leave the link below that leads to the master list of winning entries from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. There are some interesting reads in there and I encourage you to take a look if you have the time.

Heather Dewis: Almost Asian (But Not Quite)

Growing Up Asian in America Awards: Winning Entries

*New readers may wonder why I’m sharing these posts and why they’re numbered. Here’s a link to my post I’m Giving Up HATE, PREJUDICE and INDIFFERENCE for Lent.

And here are my latest 5 posts in the series:
Post #26: A Letter on ‘What It’s Like to Have a Sibling with Autism’
Post #27: When no gender fits: A quest to be just a person
Post #28: DeRay McKesson: Tackling Racism in the Black Lives Matter Movement
Post #29: Never assume that you’re magically free of prejudice . . .
Post #30: Intersectionality

*Please remember to leave the sites I post clean. We are here to learn, not debate. Even if you disagree, we need to learn that just because we have an opinion, doesn’t mean we need to share it all the time.*

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