Traveling To The Philippines With My Parents Completely Changed The Way I See My Childhood — Elite Daily

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— by Kristin Corpuz: Growing up as a first-generation Filipino in America, life wasn’t always the easiest. I knew from a very young age that I was different; I didn’t see people who looked like me on TV or in movies or books. In school, I didn’t feel as beautiful as my Caucasian classmates. Strangers and friends have asked me questions like, “What are you?” and “Where are you really from?” and “Do you speak ‘ching chong’?” my whole life. Despite these hurtful and ignorant comments, I’ve tried my best to be a proud Filipino, even if it hasn’t always come easily. But when I was 22, I took a trip back to the Philippines with my parents. Seeing their journey and knowing the sacrifices they made gave me a new appreciation for what it means to be proud of who I am…

Image courtesy of Kristin Corpuz

May 14, 2019


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