What’s up, teacher?

Cal in Color

On the first day of class, my professor explained that he’s done drugs and has had multiple wives, and ergo, should be deemed “cool and hip” in our eyes.
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Model minority myth

Cal in Color

The label of being the “model minority” — one that I rarely find any Asian American actually taking pride in — is more discriminatory than it is flattering.
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Lucky to be here

Cal in Color

And while my mother comforted me, she would often whisper, “Don’t be sad. We are so lucky to have gotten to move to America.”
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On being an unlikely Leo

Cal in Color

From a young age, I was afraid of being expressive and taking up space. I learned to make myself smaller and quieter so white people would feel comfortable. 
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I am my Brownness

Cal in Color

Obviously, I knew that I was Brown. But in their attempts to make me feel included, my Ukrainian family made me feel even more othered.
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Transfer pride

Cal in Color

There’s an initial pinprick of fear that makes me wonder whether knowing that I transferred from a community college would make people see me differently.
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