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ETHNICITY: ½ Vietnamese ½ Chinese

"Most people would say that I’m Asian, but sometimes people will ask questions like, 'Are you mixed?'. Most people will usually ask me if I’m a mix of Asian and something else. They think I’m Asian and white, I’ve gotten Asian and Hispanic, or Asian and Indian."

"There are a lot of social problems with my race. There are a lot of high expectations and a rigid construct of what a man or woman should be in life, and a rigid construct of success in life or happiness, and if you deviate from that traditional path, then you’re seen as lesser."

"People expect a certain thing from me. People expect me to behave a certain way or perform a certain way in school. That can be a motivating factor, but it can also be something that debilitates you."