Illustration of a girl playing piano

Stages of learning to play an instrument

Throughout my life, I have learned multiple instruments ranging from string and wind instruments such as violin and flute to percussion instruments such as piano and drums. Even though the mechanisms of each specific instrument are extremely different, the learning process was more or less the same.
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Two labels, two meanings

Cal in Color

Our culture’s synonymous usage of the ‘Asian American’ and ‘model minority’ labels does not just pose a problem for Asian Americans, but for all Americans. It’s become a natural reflex in America to assign people to stereotypes — a habit that seems to be as old as time itself.
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Everything I didn’t play

Laminated ink

I don’t know the exact moment I fell out of love with playing music. Somewhere amid angry spit and demoralizing comments, I grew to fear the piano.
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