Literature

Changji, Xinjiang

Because they were surprised I spoke a different language and wanted to know what part of China my family lived ...
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The Hands that Raised Me

- Trish Luu This drawing depicts the hands of my mother—the hands that raised me. My parents, both immigrants from ...
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Psychodrama

Dear Asian Youth, Before... As the subway trains rushed by, I wrapped my fingers around my backpack's straps. My nails ...
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I Imagine my Interview with the Ivy League

So this is who you are — bright young scholar, face like white peach. Soft and luminous. Ripe for the ...
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Non-Binary: Beyond a Label

TW // Discussion of gender dysphoria and transphobia/transmisia. Dear Asian Youth, My mother raised me in a household where my ...
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Leslie Cheung: A Bisexual Icon of the 80’s and 90’s

TW: Suic*de, de*th, hom*phob*a ‘My mind is bisexual. It's easy for me to love a woman. It's also easy for ...
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How to Lose the Ugly in Ten Steps

A satirical piece about how the Western cosmetics industry and Eurocentric beauty standards frequently market any possible feature as insecurity ...
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Girlbossism

Dear Asian Youth, While social media can be a great asset to social progress, as demonstrated by a certain organization ...
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Clay: In Honor of AAPI Month

Although childhood is a unique experience for every individual, some memories are universal: the crunch of buttered popcorn from the ...
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Authentically Asian: A Collection of Stories and Experiences by Asian Youth

Everyone has a story itching to be told. In light of the recent rise of anti-Asian hate crimes, this article ...
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A Time to Stand Together for Asian Americans

At 2 in the morning on Saturday, March 27, I sat at the dining table with my mom, craft supplies ...
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Women Like Us

TW: Death, Trauma, Domestic and White Terrorism, Mass Shooting. Death is not a friend of mine But is more like ...
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Plastic Trophies

Dear Asian Youth, here are two words: oppression (uh-presh-uhn): the state of being heavily affected by unjust rules and systems ...
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The Blood of my Family

Harsh, jagged lines mark calloused fingers, Like cement split from an earthquake, The skin of their hands is cracked open ...
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The Culture of My Hair

Dear Asian Youth, I've always had a rocky relationship with my hair. Sure, I love the way it is now, ...
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Sometimes

The other day, I burnt the rice. With my mom away in quarantine and my sister unable to cook rice ...
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The Lying Game

The ringing alarm sliced through Luke’s dreams. He fumbled for his phone on the nightstand and turned off the noise ...
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Home

Dear Asian Youth, I dedicate this to the two places I call home. Home is a loud metro station squished ...
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Washed Up

While waiting for my summer photo to be taken on the school field and fiddling with the rainbow sequin headband ...
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Picture Day

"Weird." "Different." "Ugly." These were the words spoken to me at my picture day in 3rd grade. Little 6 year ...
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