Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

As a Chinese American who grew up around other Asian Americans, I have always felt the pressure to be one of the model kids I was surrounded by. Kids who diligently went to their heritage language school from the time they were toddlers and spoke fluently in their parents’ native language.

They seemed to be able to transition flawlessly between two worlds, while I agonized and stumbled over grammar, vocabulary, and even the pronunciation of my own last name.

Now I work at a bilingual cafe, and while my Chinese speaking ability has improved a lot, I still feel like this constantly. I constantly try to mask my American accent when I speak to Chinese customers (it doesn’t work).

I often see other Chinese American customers do the same thing, even when they talk to me. Their mistakes and small tics are familiar to me.

I still try to practice my speaking and reading but I don’t want to feel like I have to hide who I am, and I don’t want others to feel that way.

I have a hard time making decisions, but I realized taking the risk is better than losing out

Our lives are made up of a series of choices

One year after the Parkland shooting, we need to remember these words

We should recall the voices of those who spoke up in the aftermath to demand change

I thought there was only one type of love. Now I know it comes in many different forms.

I thought ‘I love you’ was reserved for romantic relationships only