Hey y’all! I wanted to share my experience growing up Korean-American. I was inspired by my favorite Asian youtubers, Sophia Chang, Weylie Hoang, and Jenn Im. Hearing their stories, made me The highs, the lows and the lessons I have learned. Let’s get to the questions!
1. Which ethnicity are you?
So like I stated above, I am 100% Korean. I was born in Houston, TX but raised in Greenville, SC.
2. Which generation are you?
I’m a first generation Korean-American. Both of my parents immigrated from Korea when they were younger.
3. What is the first experience where you felt that demarcation of being a minority/different?
My first experience was in pre-school. Just like Jenn, Weylie, and Sophia, I brought in Kimchi Fried Rice and because the kimchi has a smell, everyone around me were disgusted.
4. Were you always proud of your heritage or was there a time you rejected it?
I have always rejected unfortunately until as of recently. Recently, I have accepted that I am Korean, but I am also American. I’m not one or other. Since 2016, I have accepted the Korean side of who I am.
5. What are some stereotypes that you struggle with?
Being Asian, we have smaller eyes and have monolids (most not all). I have to do my eye makeup in a way that is flattering to my monolid eyes.
6. Can you speak your language?
I can speak and understand a little bit, just enough to get by maybe, but I’m definitely not fluent.
7. How has being Asian American affected your relationship with your parents?
I had A LOT of arguments with my mom especially in high school. Growing up, I was the typical Asian kid with good grades and played piano and violin. However, my mom didn’t want me to have a social life. I would lie to my mom saying I would be studying at a friends house, but I would be cheering at a basketball game. When she found out, she wasn’t happy about it; but, I was doing it to get out of P.E. which she understood and let me continue to cheer for the season.
8. How do you feel about your heritage now? Do you identify with it?
I’m proud to be a Korean, especially since K-pop culture is expanding to the US and more people are starting to appreciate our culture, as well as other cultures.
9. What is your favorite thing about being Asian-American/your heritage?
I love experiencing two cultures at once. I get the best of both worlds and it can’t get any better than that! 🙂
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