Let’s be clear– I didn’t start wearing a bra because I really wanted one but rather, because all the fifth grade girls called me disgusting for not wearing one.
It’s unusual enough for an Asian American parent to discuss mental health with teens, given the stigma that surrounds mental illness in many Asian American communities. But Wei speaks with an indisputable authority: a teenage son who struggled for years with minor depression, a daughter who took her life in college.
I started dieting to stop the teasing, and feel pretty. I even became bulimic, but I realized that I was dieting for other people, not for me.
Being bullied used to be all I knew. Now, my voice is the new ruler of my kingdom.
I’ve switched to five different school to get away from bullying since the third grade. I thought a performing arts school would be different, and that I would make friends that have the same goal as me, to be a professional music artist.