Growing up in a racist America. Just the sentence makes me want to curl up in a ball and hide because it is such a complicated and hard conversation to have. Conversations like this require vulnerability -and I don’t like to be vulnerable, which is why I haven’t really shared my own personal experiences about being an Asian American woman in America, until now.

Why am I just now opening up to the general public? Because I’ve spent 26 years hiding behind a face I’ve constructed to blend in into society. This “nice, innocent Asian girl” I portrayed would help…


This is so relatable. I've also had my own experiences of cultural differences in the classroom as well, especially in my AP English class in high school. But my teacher was very understanding of the way I process my native language to english while writing papers really helped make me feel welcomed.


Toddler Sunshine sporting a very heavy traditional Hmong attire.
Toddler Sunshine sporting a very heavy traditional Hmong attire.

There are so many stories and so many experiences I could pull from when it comes to having a conversation about cultural differences. In fact, my Master’s Thesis was centered around this topic. And, you don’t have to be a person of color to be able to relate. Living in a different country from the one you were used to can also have it’s cultural struggles… and if this is you, you may have heard of the term, “culture shock.”

For me, I KNEW I lived in two different worlds by the age of 6. That was when I first…

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