(: ! (also SORRY THIS IS LONG)
Green: 8 facts about my life
1. I’ve lived in four countries on three continents. (I’m 23.)
2. My parents are ethnically Chinese (but American, honestly), but I’ve lived in Asia for ~7-9 years. I say I’m American, but I score midway re: Eastern vs Western attitudes, ways of thought and cognition.
3. I never started considering my Asianness until I lived in South Africa. (I’m sure you’ve heard stories from blacks about how how they get treated in Asia. Trust me, there are things to be said about the opposite, too. People are people.)
4. I was (forced to be) in the IB program in high school. (Like AP, only worse, do not argue cough.) It was an experience that I’m still not over.
5. My first video game was…Goldeneye 007 for the N64. =D (Thank god my dad loves James Bond and didn’t see the harm in his 7-year-old daughter playing a shooter…haha…ha……yeah I asked for the game >_>; and promptly trashed all my guy friends >___>;;; )
6. I’ve been published. (Since my major was journalism and all.)
7. My majors were in journalism and political science, and my minor in psychology. No one believes that I didn’t major in Japanese or linguistics zzzz.
8. At one point I dreamed of being an Olympic swimmer. o god that was a long time ago. (otherwise, practiced aikido for 3.5 years.)
Pink: 4 facts about my parents
1. My parents were born in Shanghai and grew up during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76). It was a heinous time that even historians have difficulty explaining clearly. But my parents were part of that almost nonexistent bourgeoisie class, which meant heavy persecution and some deaths/torture.
2. During the CR, there was no school. So at the end, there were 10+ years of students attempting to test into uni. My father and mother were part of the 1st and 2nd graduating classes/years after the end of the CR, which are called “the golden generations” because you had to do something damn right to beat out 10x the usual applicants in a meritocratic test.
3. My dad can speak four languages perfectly (English, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Cantonese). Well, his Mandarin’s not necessarily perfect, haha. People always ask him, “Tell me how to be fluent in English!!” and he goes, “watch a lot TV!!” (God I wish that worked for Japanese, but because fiction language isn’t legit irl language at all…….)
4. My mom was a mathematician, but we always fought when I asked her for help with math hw. She’s also really gorgeous so people look at me and go, “………what happened to you?” (Bastards.) She also is so good at telling her side of a story that afterwards you can’t possibly entertain the notion that her account isn’t the entire truth. Which is a problem.