How has your identity influenced your interactions, thoughts, and beliefs throughout your life? What does Chinese American Identity mean to you?
These were the questions interns discussed with each other during our meeting on Sunday, December 2nd. Mr. Conrad Lee started the meeting by delivering a speech about his own identity as a Chinese-American politician. Several intern volunteers followed up with their own 5 minute speeches on how their identity has shaped them, bringing in experiences about facing instances of both alienation or inclusion during their childhoods. Despite the difference in their childhoods, these interns were able to connect and empathize with each other. It is significant to recognize how we have all gone through the common struggles, and no one is alone.
Then, the discussion opened up to the whole group, with many interns chiming in on the questions. Many of us revealed similar experiences of occasionally feeling like an outsider in school—whether it was due to the language we spoke or the lunch our parents packed for us. These common experiences among the interns brought them together in speculation of how they can act to shape the future Asian Americans.
A reporter from NW Asian Weekly also attended the meeting and published an article on the internship. Various interns gave their thoughts on the internship and its impact on their lives. The article can be found here. The view can be found here.