I moved to the U.S. when I was four years old with my mother. My mother was Taiwanese and my father was Polish, but I felt like I belonged to neither of these groups. I still feel like this is true today, however, I’m grateful for my background. It taught me that race does not define culture, and it doesn’t define who you are. When I meet people, I see them for who they are and not for where they are from or the color of their skin. I feel like this helps when teaching English language learners and also living in New York.
I was very shy and afraid when I first got to America. I started kindergarten and I was the only child in the class that did not speak English. I always thought America was a country paved in gold. I believed in the American dream as a young girl. My mother tried her best to help me at home with my homework, but she was also learning English along with me. One of the challenges I faced when I moved to the United States was my biracialism. I never felt like I fit in anywhere.
I feel America is still a promised land, but I also feel that immigrants have to work twice as hard in order to achieve the promises that America has made.
Interviewed by Mahpara