Not Vietnamese enough

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Jennifer. This is your white name. Little Thảo didn’t understand the feelings that would come out of accepting this small change.
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Waves: An outlived metaphor

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My attempts to look into the history of feminism led me to an internet archive filled with articles referring to the efforts of feminists in “waves.”
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My Scott Pilgrimage

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I could tell Michael Cera’s titular character was an awkward guy, but during the second viewing I figured out I had finally met my on-screen likeness. 
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Listening fatigue

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In a way, I started to feel more connected to the world around me — the world that I tried to take myself out of through music.
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Jack of all trades

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As is typical of the overachiever burnout, I have a habit of abandoning activities, both big and small, if I am not immediately good at them. 
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Home is where the soup is

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Our traditions would be the same no matter where we lived, how old I was or if I had my own bed.I look forward to furthering traditions on my visits home.
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