Issue Five: Unapologetic

Asians Between Cultures

growing up asian
and of the female sex,
you get used to being told
what to do
how to act
who you should be
disciplined
patient
understanding
small-voiced
taking up only as much space as you needed

and while these are all virtues
i found myself growing outside of the box
that was supposedly made for me
i grew tired
and frustrated of being unheard
disregarded
so much so that people were shocked
to learn
i had a voice
i built myself a home in a disaster zone
and i learned
and am still learning
to speak up
stand for my beliefs and my self
i refuse to apologize
for who i’ve become