Aslesha: STOP AAPI HATE Blog

In 2004, my parents immigrated to the United States from India, looking for a future of success and promise. Only a year later, I was born as the first American citizen in my family. It was difficult trying to find a balance between my Indian roots and American heritage. I was either considered too “white-washed” or too cultured. For a long time, I struggled with my identity and sense of belonging.

Jasmine: #StopAsianHate Blog

Growing up, I always felt like there was a negative connotation to being Asian in America. People would wrinkle their nose at my food, stretch their eyes out to tease me, or bombard me with stereotypes. Although I felt self-conscious at the time, looking back, I do not think they had hurtful intent. As I grew older, I started to appreciate my culture and embrace my identity more. I felt safe within the tight-knit Asian community.

Jasmine: #StopAsianHate Vlog


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