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The Joy of Being a Bad Asian

What is it like to be Asian American when you’re invisible within it?

Illustrations courtesy of the author

I am a huge disappointment to my parents. There, I said it. But it’s not because I didn’t become a lawyer or a doctor, an accountant, a pharmacist, nurse — heck, not even a dental assistant — after university. And it’s not because I’ve dyed my hair every neon shade and pierced a few places, or…




#StopAsianHate is a blog from Medium chronicling the xenophobia and anti-Asian racism that plagues America. With essays from the AAPI community and beyond, it’s a space for readers and thinkers to explore the joys, challenges, and complexities of the Asian American experience.

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Lisa Lee Herrick

Lisa Lee Herrick

Lisa Lee Herrick is a Hmong American writer, artist, and media executive based in California. She is a 2021 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow. @lisaleeherrick

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