Christina Song

Christina attended college in Nashville, Tennessee, very different from her high school which was made up of seventy five percent Asian students. When she began to attend, her university’s student population consisted of only about twelve percent Asians. During her freshman year, Christina actually considered joining Greek life but she ultimately declined to join in…

Theresa Salud

“You’re 5’3, Asian and play basketball?” Instead of allowing those comments discourage her, Theresa feels flattered by people’s surprise at her unpredicted skills. During her first basketball try-out ever, Theresa wore her favorite jeans, a zip-up vest, and light-up sneakers and she thought she looked so cool. Theresa recalls, “I didn’t care about what I…

Linda Chen

Although she had heard about the phenomenon of the Asian female fetish, Linda rarely observed or encountered it back home near San Francisco. However, during her freshman year of college, Linda recalls an awkward and questionably offensive conversation with a white male classmate. She says, “We were walking to class and my friend told me…

Vivian Li

Viv grew up in predominantly white town in northern California. This was never an issue for her and she rarely felt different from her peers. This was largely due to her best friend, Danielle. Danielle’s family always made Viv feel welcome and their classmates would often associate them as being best friends with each other….

Jasmine Cheung

I have known Jasmine since we were in the second grade! I used to call her Jazzy Fresh and I found out just recently that she uses that nickname to this date (only when she can’t think of another username to use). We used to play basketball together and she used to be hesitant to…

Camille Rabe

Growing up, Camille rarely felt negative bias for being Asian, except for a couple situations such as the aftermath of mid-high school break-up. After breaking up with her boyfriend of almost two years, she received hurtful messages on Formspring, a question and answer based social network that allows users to post anonymously. Her ex-boyfriend had…

Samantha Woo

I’ve known Sammie since we were probably five and attended Korean school together. We moved from our hometown around the same time but I have not seen her in probably ten years. I coincidentally ran into her at BBQ Olive Chicken in Koreatown when I first started working in the city. “Everyone was obsessed with…