Hello everyone. I am joining on behalf of the Asian American Student Organization (AASO) Zine of Kalamazoo College in Michigan. This community seems like an excellent site to further discuss the themes we touch on and is in keeping with our mission statement.
-Username/Nickname (what you'd like us to call you) - aaso
-Website link, if you have one - http://aaso-zine.livejournal.com/profile
-Where were you born? - I am a Korean adoptee who was born in Pusan. Before the beginning of this academic year, we have two filipina americans, one hapa, and bengali american.
-What was your first language? Your second? Third? - English
-What ethnicity do you identify as? (i.e. Latino, Chinese, etc.) - Korean American, AA
About your culture...
-Name your favorite food that comes from your heritage/culture and tell us something about why you like it. - I like steamed mondu and kal bi because they taste really good.
-What's one thing that you do in your culture that is different from American culture? - I grew up in American culture with caucasian parents and family members.
-What's your biggest pet peeve when it comes to someone not understanding your ethnicity/culture? (i.e. people asking you where you came from, being weirded out by the food you eat, etc.) - Ha ha. The ones mentioned as well as being singled-out in the classroom and curriculum at school.
-Name one thing your parents don't like/understand about American culture. - n/a
-Name one thing you don't like/understand about your own culture. - Lots. I suppose mostly the laws that allow men to leave Korean women who have put children up for adoption and take any current children if the woman has kept the adoption a secret or done it prior to marriage.
-Have you ever visited the country you/your parents came from?
...if so, tell us something that you thought was different/interesting about it - Not yet. I'm planning to go for a language immersion program next summer.
-Have you travelled to places in the US or other countries where you've felt like a foreigner/outsider?
...if so, tell us something that you thought was different/interesting about it - Yes. At my college and at the 25th Annual San Francisco Asian American Film Festival last spring I felt like an outsider with my mother and have an ongoing battle with feeling essentialized notions of race and ethnicity while not believing in essentialism.
And lastly, just for fun...
-Tell us one random odd fact about yourself. - I'm an insomniac. Is that odd?
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