I think she might be retarded. The following year, I began elementary school and started to learn English intensively as Mandarin took a backseat. I began memorizing lyrics of pop songs, boy bands, whatever was going on with Britney Spears, as well as the lineups of MTV, Nickelodeon and the Disney channel just to take part in conversation. But over the years, it became much more than that.
I Spent Half My Life Feeling Shame For Being Asian In America. Here’s What Changed.
Yale Daily News - My Life as an Asian Tourist
My K through 12 consisted of 8 different schools across three countries that spoke three different languages. For the majority of my life, I struggled tremendously with this feeling of homelessness. I never really had a place where I called home. Compounded to this insecurity was my experience being bullied when I was a child. I was different from my classmates and they made sure I felt it. It worked to some degree.
Born to get high: My life as a South Asian American stoner
The Immigration and Nationality Act of lifted the year immigration ban on Asia and the year ban on China. It created the H1 visa system for highly skilled workers and allowed families to reunite with loved ones already settled stateside. Artists and religious thinkers like sitar legend Ravi Shankar and Hari Krishna founder Bhaktivedanta Swami came in the 60s. Then in the 70s and 80s, the doctors, lawyers, and engineers followed. My parents, part of this second wave, just wanted more for their people-in-one-room families.
When I wrote few articles about my life in Indonesia in Lithuanian one of the popular portal I got some comments from the readers. They were calling me stupid to coming to this poor country. Asking what I left in Indonesia, why I want to live in that dirty society and etc.