Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

When I Was Growing Up/ Nellie Wong/ pg. 154-155

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It is strange to think that someone out there, some innocent human being sees themselves as dirty due to their ethnicity or skin color. Wong’s writing about her struggle and insecurities with her self, being a female and Chinese,  and the need and want to fit in can hit home to most if not all girls at some point in their life. Wong focuses on her want to rid herself of her color, but her words can speak louder than just the want to be a different skin tone; her words express a deeper and broader meaning that she just wants to ‘fit in’, to accept and be happy with herself, that she is not happy unless she could look like another girl or move far away into the mountains or ocean. I feel that Wong’s writing can relate to all females. Its sad to think that someone would see themselves as dirty due to their skin color. I could never imagine seeing a person and thinking that. And its terrible that a girl could look at herself that way.


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