The Distinct Violence of My Asian American Childhood

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  1. My ex told me a lot of the same type of things that you wrote about…he went from southern Cali to rural Maine at a time when the only Asian people were the few that owned the restaurants. He had an extremely abusive parent so there was no safe haven there. I have seen pictures of him and he had to have been one of the cutest boys around, but he didn’t have a lot of girl friends and very few male friends, he was the chink or chinaman, even his ignorant grandparent called him a gook, he got beat for it, but one day he finally told her to get it right, he was a nip…for me, I grew up military, almost every year being the new kid at school, and civilian kids seem to take pleasure in tormenting kids that are different, I got in trouble because the teacher asked who had been to another country and I rattled them off, at recess I got in a fight because I guess ” you think you’re am better than we are”…instead of fighting like you did, I withdrew into my shell more and just hoped that the next tour was in an area with more military kids…

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  2. There is no button to press that says, “I read this and was moved by it.” I can’t very well press the Like button as if to say, “I really liked this content,” feeling as if I approve of your life experience. I approve of who you are and what you’ve done with your life experience. I’ll press that button.

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    1. I know! I always feel the same thing when I’m trying to comment on others’ writings. Without the opportunity for explanation, I feel that I’ve just “liked” the trauma in their lives. Yikes.

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  3. Thanks… Currently, I live in a small town in upstate NY (yes, how ironic)

    Due to be bullied at young age at 21 I started training in Muay Thai when I moved from Vancouver to Toronto to pursued my fashion design career.

    Please check out my martial arts school website, http://www.fusionmma.com

    Just like you, I will be sharing my Asian experiences in North America via my YouTube channel.

    Thanks,
    Mong

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  4. Wow, and I thought my childhood was crappy (I got picked on a lot and was hit from time to time…but never experienced the violence you did). What you describe reminds me a lot of how Alex Tizon wrote of his own challenging childhood in “Big Little Man”. Have you read that book? I think you might enjoy it.

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      1. The Cleveland, Ohio suburbs. Really white, really middle-class and really horrible (quite frankly)! I couldn’t wait to get the heck out of there!

        (That’s terrible your home life was even worse!)

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