bengali life

100% Bengali

My whole life I never considered myself to be Asian because everyone drilled it into my brain that I’m not “Asian enough” because only East Asians are considered Asian. And I would argue with myself ‘But I was born in Bangladesh and it’s part of Asia, how am I not Asian?’ but I would shrug it off because I didn’t want to make a big deal about it. Still I always felt like a part of me was missing because everyone told me that I wasn’t 'Asian enough’ for whatever.

I’ve been wanting to submit something to this blog for awhile but I always stopped myself because I still struggle with the idea that I’m not “Asian enough” for it. It’s not fair. I shouldn’t be forced just to identify with just being Bengali because everyone else can’t accept the fact that Asia is a continent that isn’t just made up of just China and Japan. I’m done with white people erasing a part of me.

It’s bad enough that I struggle with my weight, my family telling me what I need to be even lighter skinned than I already am, and hear people call me a terrorist on the daily.

So this is me proudly claiming that I’m Asian. And no one can ever take that away from me ever again.