“In middle school, I came up with this brilliant plan to defy all Asian stereotypes. I was loud. I hid my high test scores… And I stopped speaking Chinese.”
It shouldn’t be a newsflash that not all Asian-Americans do well in school, but the model minority stereotype makes the actual problems in these communities invisible.
My mom and dad don’t sleep a lot. Their backs always ache. And sometimes when I see them, they’re walking like zombies. They’ve worked so hard to make a make a better life for my sister and me, and part of me worries that if I go away to school it’s like I’m abandoning all of that.
Politicians seem to be talking down to young voters.
Adding to my anxiety, I’m worried about disappointing my parents — not by getting rejected, but breaking tradition.
For nine years, I went to a small Catholic school in San Francisco. I got a lot out of my…
If you’re like most teens in the Bay Area, you’ve only experienced a handful of earthquakes.