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Blinded Eyes

A Fujifilm photo of my sister and I lives on a bookshelf in our parents’ room when she and I ...
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aftermath

The living room is the same.  The floor is messy. Cotton and dust still spilling and spilling and spilling and ...
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leaving

“I’m leaving.” That was the last thought I had. I was sick. I was tired. I was exhausted from feeling ...
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Collage

Step one: find different papers of all different sizes. Step two: cut them, rip them however you like. Step three: ...
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My Name is Sad AF

Sadaf. My name is Sadaf. My name is seashell. My name is on a beach. My name is lying buried ...
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Parentification

“Noo,” she says with a whine that’s high and pitchy and scrapes at my nerves. Staring down at my little ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Dear Childhood

TW: gun violence I miss the innocent days of childhood. Sometimes I wonder, when did the world get so big? ...
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An Apology

Dear Asian Youth, This is an unaddressed apology For my mom, with everything I can give. I love you, and ...
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依然 (Still.)

依然 (still.) —a love letter from your heritage bai he. do you still believe in mingyun? dynasties rise, dynasties fall ...
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Field of a Thousand Memories

Perhaps I will always remember what came before: that endless summer’s day when she wove her hair with jasmine, sweet, ...
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Hands

looking at their hands pressing at their callouses digging into their skin praying they’ll be gentle with you and that ...
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In Flames

Dear Asian Youth, I knew what would happen, that this wouldn’t end well But I couldn’t resist those sweet green ...
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I Do Not Yet Know What it Means to be a Woman

They say some girls never grow out of their awkward frames, walking around in bodies that still haven’t yet filled, ...
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Classic Ivory

Classic Ivory The options available to Jackie were limited. She couldn't stuff it in her bra—she didn't wear one yet—so ...
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A Virgo’s Fall

Don’t have time Running out of time I can help Can’t stand you You think like a 5 year old ...
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Yellow

Dear Asian Youth, It’s six letters with a double L Ballet, allure, pollen, hollow - small We’re on an outdoor ...
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my last name is yuen

my last name is yuen. it's quite simple. just yuen. not yen, not juen, or wen or wan or however ...
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Not American Enough

Dear Asian Youth, For many of us, we were born in this country, born American citizens, while our parents worked ...
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Cultural Imposter

For the longest time, I have felt like an imposter in my own culture. Maybe it was the times I ...
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Where is My Motherland?

Dear Asian Youth, Motherland中國 “Middle Country”A faraway place, the place of my rootsWhere my grandparents and their parents grewThey left ...
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Where Has the Poetry Gone?

My dear poet do you think that you are simply not up to par? You write poems by your bedside, ...
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Cicadas

“Cicadas have been featured in literature since the time of Homer's Iliad, and as motifs in art from the Chinese ...
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We Forget

what have i remembered? in my seventeen years of life many things, surely walking on dirt roads in a summer ...
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My Mother’s Hands

Dear Asian Youth, My mother’s hands are heavy Like fabric soaked in tepid water Prayers lace the gaps of thin ...
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Scars of Youth Feel Different on Ethnic Skin

the skin on my hand is plump. etched warnings on my palms, blisters on my fingers yet my hands are ...
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Doing the Dishes

“Seb, before we can play The Sims, you have to do the dishes!” I dragged myself downstairs, reluctant to submerge ...
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A Love at War

Tumbling down a spiral filled with war, Bullets hitting my bones and Ringing in my ears, All because you two ...
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Ganesh Pooja

Jai Ganesh, jai Ganesh, jai Ganesh deva In her mind at least, the music anticipates, and so She clicks her ...
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Taiwan as a Deity

I’d like to think if I were to believe in a deity it would be Taiwan. It would be 95 ...
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Asian is Not My Brand

Dear Asian Youth, It’s a compliment, I tell myself as I plaster on a thin smile in place of the ...
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Resolutions

Dear Asian Youth, A new year: a time for new beginnings, hopes, and change A time for resolutions, improvements, and ...
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When Will it Be Enough?

dear asian youth, tamad ka. you are lazy. wala kang magawa para sa sarili mo. you can’t do anything for ...
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An Angel Once Told Me

That she loved me, that things were okay, That sometimes, when the skies thundered, and even when The clouds were ...
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My Girl

The first breath a newborn takes starts a countdown towards their last, but My Girl, her breaths count upwards. She’s ...
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her, an identity

poem 1 her, an indian girl her eyes dark brown like chocolate pearls intoxicating and sweet her hands like soil ...
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Definitions

2. definitions. kiki smith’s yolk solid worked glass “yolk. (noun) -yellow or orange material stored in an animal ovum that ...
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There is a Flaw in Our System

Top Piece: Our culture has normalized viewing consent as anything but a clear “no,” when in reality, consent is ONLY ...
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I am, YOU are, WE are, the Change

Biography: I'm a South Indian girl who enjoys drinking exceptional coffee and making mediocre art. My hobbies include but are ...
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Self Care & My Culture

My work is meant to highlight the importance of speaking up, lifting up the voices of underserved communities, and to ...
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A Woman Who Heals Herself

Biography: I'm a South Indian girl who enjoys drinking exceptional coffee and making mediocre art. My hobbies include but are ...
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Sapphire Izzy

This piece was created in order to express the surreal feeling of being lost about my Asian American identity, even ...
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Look At You, Strawberry Blonde

This piece was created in honor of my take on the song “Strawberry Blonde” by Mitski. Many interpret the piece ...
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Never Within Reach

Dear Asian Youth, Expectations are vindictive things, Pulling and grasping and twisting At the thin lines of your limits, Warping ...
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One Thousand Shades of Red: A Muse on King Arthur

There’s been a resurgence in nostalgia for BBC’s Merlin lately—it seemed fitting to recall the time I was ten and ...
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Lost Girls, She & I

i have done it again! loved another & lost two friends, i search in bathroom mirrors only to see a ...
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Fair, Lovely, and Shattered

here in Hindustan beauty is not measured by resilience here dark-skinned damsels brew mixtures of lemon and curd and yearn ...
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