humanities; poetry; Asian American; AAPI; medicine in the arts; race; racism; racial discrimination; hate; cultural diversity; social discrimination; patient care


Asian American Studies | Poetry | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies


This poem explores the experience of being an Asian American care provider and civilian, growing up and trying to mesh together culture with “fitting in” and suffering racism from other individuals and patients. It was inspired by the March 16, 2022, shootings in Atlanta and discusses the origin of hatred and racism/xenophobia. What I hope this conveys is a glimpse into the shared perspectives of many Asian American and Pacific Islanders and describes the optimism moving forward as we begin to tackle these issues.