chapter  11
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Where is Your “Home”? Writing the History of Asian Americans in Higher Education

WHERE I ENTER: PERSONAL STRUGGLES TO FIND A HOME Opening Scenes: I am born and raised in a predominantly White suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, the second child of Korean immigrant parents.

Elementary School: “Ching chong, ching chong!” “Chinese, Japanese!” Kids pull their eyes down and laugh at me. “Can you see out of your eyes? Are you related to Bruce Lee? Do you know kung fu?” I get so tired of the questions, I lie and say that Bruce Lee is my uncle. I warn kids that I will use my martial arts moves if they don’t leave me alone.