"People usually perceive me as Chinese when I say my last name. There was a time I moved to a new middle school, a lot of the Chinese kids thought I was Hispanic at first because I’m darker compared to the traditional fair Chinese person. I think being a few shades darker than usual has made people think of me as Filipino as well."

"It frustrates me that Chinese people can be very racist and want to differentiate themselves from other people. Traditionally, Chinese people don’t make it a point to mingle or reach out to people of different races. They’re very closed off."

"In college, I think being Chinese American has brought me closer to a lot of people because you have a common culture where you can relate to other people more easily."