What Does It Mean to Be ‘Lucky to Be Here’?

Reckoning with anti-Asian hate in a country my grandparents believed in so desperately

Kristin Wong
Published in
5 min readMar 26, 2021

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Illustration: Draden Ferguson

“Lucky to be here.”

It’s a phrase I hear all the time about being an American — more specifically, being an American whose family came from someplace else. We live in a powerful, prosperous country full of opportunity and…

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Kristin Wong

Kristin Wong has written for the New York Times, The Cut, Catapult, The Atlantic and ELLE.