I grew up overseas because of my parents’ jobs. So I grew up speaking Mandarin. [Moving back to Canada] was a super weird experience because I think that as a mixed person a lot of people identified with me but I didn’t identify with other people because I didn’t speak really good English, but people assumed that I did. Being from a mixed-race background, a lot of people don’t really know where [I’m] from, [I] look racially ambiguous. That left a lot of room for people to impose whatever they saw in me onto me, which was hard when [I was] a young teenager and not even sure either.
“And it kind of happened again when I came to McGill. Especially being a West Coast diasporic Asian coming to McGill, I was like Where is everyone? I never hear Mandarin on campus, it’s so rare to hear, which was really weird.”
“It’s a jade ring that was passed down from my amma, my grandma on my mom’s side, and it’s too big so I have it on a chain.”