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- The Adoption of Sisterhood
- Series Title:
- IUF 1000: What is the Good Life
- Allgauer, Cheiko
- University of Florida
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- Summer 2018 Competition
- n the wake of the 1990s
Japan became host to a most infectious issue of homelessness.
My birth family fell victim to this economic despair. Fortunately, my parents were discerning
enough to put me up for adoption before I too incurred this life.
For that decision, I am grateful.
That decision is what brought me into the beautiful family I have today.
My mother is from
and my dad from New Jersey, both very white.
the two little girls they
decided to adopt were very much Japanese.
The good news is that, toda
matter. The bad news is, back when my sister and I were much younger, not only did
matter to us, but it seemed to become a target of great concern to almost everyone else around us.
- Going to school in a predominately white suburban setting,
I remember being in
and being teased by kids
a flat face and
By the time I got to middle school
, kids got a little more creative with their sl
urs. I became a
I was yellow, and
if I didnâ€™t get an A+ on any
assignment I was labeled
a â€œphony Asianâ€ or a â€œdisgrace to my people
the insults that targeted my physical
appearance and my stereotypes that
the surface of my pride
, they were all things I
couldnâ€™t help and I honestly didnâ€™t care.
targeted not only
me, but my fami
that I was adopted, the
y began to claim that
parents wanted to
get rid of me because I wasnâ€™t good enough, that my adoptive parents arenâ€™t
my real parents and that
, since all Asians are naturally supposed to go to top tier schools,
raised within the walls of a white household was â€œ
contaminating my chances of goi
ng to Rice
- It was then I decided to seek refuge in the comfort of my mothers words. She told me that
my sister was going through the exact same experience in school and that no matter what, we
must stick together.
ugh the power of love and sisterhood, we could both stand against
our bullies and show them that words that aim to
turned into outlets of strength
, bravery, and
I believe. I believe that
the love I
received from my parents and
the bond I share with my sister
supplied me with the
I believe that
sisterhood outweighs ignorance.
And most importantly, I believe that
thing left to say to those who bullied me
so many years ago
, thank you.
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