Winning Student Essays

Winning Student Essays

The two essays are winning essays by students in the competition, Growing Up Asian in America organized by Asian Pacific Fund.  They were asked to write a letter to Senator Kamala Harris. “Beneath All Skin there is a Soul” Dear Senator Harris: “I have a dream that my...
Embarrassed By My Indianness

Embarrassed By My Indianness

I was seated on the kitchen counter, my favorite perch as a four-year old. I watched my thatha, my maternal grandfather, draw a “U” shaped white figure on his forehead with what looked like a metal toothpick. Carefully, he placed a red substance with water on the heel...
This I Believe

This I Believe

This is the year. This is the year my friends and I choose colleges, select majors, and are endlessly asked, “What do you want to do? What do you want to be?” As I watch students around me struggle to choose a school and a single goal to focus on for the next four...