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Focus Group: One More Insecurity

A couple of weeks ago I shared a Focus Group session where I asked a few people to share about an insecurity that they used to experience that has improved over time. A little bit delayed, I got this response from another participant, Kathy. I thought it deserved to stand all on its own, in her own words:

"I used to be insecure about the fact that I'm Asian. Growing up in a predominantly white community in California before the influx of a lot of Asians/Asian Americans into the South Bay Area, I did not have much of an understanding of what it meant that I was Asian American--that I was different, even though I was born and raised in the same place my white peers were. None of us did--and so these differences led to subtle and overt acts of racism against the non-white kids. The more "white" you acted and the more you hid your cultural Asianness, the more likely you were to be accepted by the dominant peer groups.

Making Asian American friends--in high school and e…

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