For Filipino-Americans and
Never be ashamed when that kid makes fun of your flat nose. When you compare it to other people, don’t envy them because of something you can’t help. Your flat nose, that’s who you are, and it belongs to you.
Never be ashamed when an older family member makes suggestions on how to be lighter. Your pigmentation has nothing to do with your worth, and embrace the warm chocolate or golden tint people burn in the sun trying to achieve. Your color is who you are, and it belongs to you.
Never be ashamed for when you break the small, petite Asian stereotype. We are more than our sizes, and your body should only be policed by you. In a world that stigmatizes anything over a size 8, don’t let those standards rule your mentality. Your body is who you are, and it belongs to you.
Never be ashamed if you can’t fulfill the perfect-student image. Life is more than grades and school, and you don’t have to fit i
nto the Asian mold. Try your best, and even if you think that isn’t enough, even if you bomb that test, whatever repercussions come are temporary. Stay strong through the hard times, because your grades are not you. Your academic abilities are not who you are, and they don’t define you.
Never be ashamed if you feel in the middle between Western culture and your family’s original heritage. You could see it as not belonging to either, but why not see it as being part of both? If you are first generation, your own situation is vibrant between your home life calling back to your original mother country and your social life diving you into another world. If you were born here, you still have the opportunity to connect to a people whose blood runs through your veins. You’re culture is who you are, and it belongs to you.
Never be ashamed of being Asian/Pacific American. This life is yours, and it belongs to you.