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"Ethnic" Los Angeles

Comparative Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality

Anne Cong-Huyen, Thania Lucero, Joyce Park, Constance Cheeks, Charlie Kim, Sophia Cole, Julio Damian Rodriguez, Andrea Mora, Jazz Kiang, Samantha Tran, Katie Nak, Authors

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Me in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

I am a fourth-year global studies major and Asian American studies minor at UCLA. I was born in Los Angeles, CA. My mother specifically chose the Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles so that I would never forget the actual city I was born in, as my older brother was born in Bellflower. I am half- Japanese and half-Chinese, and I am both a 4th and 2nd generation Asian American, respectively. My dad was also born and raised in Los Angeles county, while my mother was born in Taiwan, but she is of Chinese descent. 

I began my college journey at UCSB and am currently choosing to finish my last two years at UCLA. I have had two amazing years at two amazing universities. One of the more unexpected surprises of studying in Los Angeles is actually also learning about the city and county in building a deeper understand of its people, its demographics, its history, its legacy, and its future that is yet to come. Although I have resided in Los Angeles for 21 years, my major has motivated me to move beyond my hometown borders and transcend myself towards a more transnational journey.

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