Stars for sentences

Resting at the nucleus of these stars, I found a sense of communication, an avenue to express what I wanted to without the constraint of phrases and descriptors.
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To be Asian and American

Off the Beat

When we celebrated and acknowledged Chinese traditions, however, it never felt like my culture. There has always been an intangible sense of displacement or distance from my birthplace.
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Talking back

Off the Beat

I didn’t see choosing to study French as an affront to my heritage or as leaving my culture behind. But my mother disagreed.
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Dumplings full of culture

The Half of It

The childhood memories associated with food always remind me of the significance of my Chinese heritage that is erased because I’m mixed. Even when the world may not perceive me as Chinese, these memories of cooking with family and friends affirm my connection to China.
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An unlikely pairing

Adding Up

Looking back, I wouldn’t trade my semester abroad for anything. But I do realize that as a STEM major, it’s probably simpler not to go abroad at all.
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Not quite bilingual

As is the case with many second-generation students, 12 years of English-centric education has made me fluent in one language at the expense of the other.
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