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As a White-Passing AAPI, My ‘Asianness’ Has Been Questioned and Doubted

Peloton instructor Emma Lovewell reflects on her journey to reckoning and reconciling with her Asian identity

I was an impressionable 18-year-old, and a freshman in college. My new friends and I were at a dorm room party where I was introduced to a group of guys. The normal questions of, “What dorm do you live in? What are you studying?” were being tossed around. I named the dorm that I lived in, when one of the guys responded, “That sucks you live there. You live next to all the weird Chinese kids.”

Photo courtesy of Emma Lovewell
Photo courtesy of Emma Lovewell
Photo courtesy of Emma Lovewell

Emma Lovewell is a Martha’s Vineyard raised, New York based health & wellness expert and Senior Instructor at Peloton teaching to millions internationally.