I am not your Asian Stereotype

1. Reflection Questions

Are there parts of Canwen’s story that you can relate to? Are there part of Canwen’s experience that you can not relate to or hadn’t heard about before? 

How have stereotypes that you’ve heard about cultural groups that are different from your own impacted the way that you understand those cultural groups? How have you worked to challenge them?


2. Take Action

Spread Awareness. Many people don’t know about the unique and vastly different contributions that Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community members have played in several historical milestones in the United States. The free PBS Docu-Series Asian Americans highlights these contributions and several others. Is there someone in your friend, community or family circle that you can watch this series with to help elevate these experiences? 


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3. Healing + Resilience

Ground in Identity. Exploring the diverse aspects of one’s own identity can serve as powerful foundation to self-awareness and well-being. When you know more about yourself, you can also create unexpected bridges to others around you. Are there any parts of your identity that you’re particularly proud of? What are some aspects of your identity that not many people know about? Write an identity poem to explore parts of yourself that you want to celebrate, question or learn more about. Check out some examples of poems about self and identity from famous poets to get inspired.  

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