1. Bridget says:

    February 18, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Beautifully written. Brought back memories of growing up with my adopted Korean sister. She too was teased, joked about and made to feel like an outcast. Thank you for sharing your experience and may your daughter experience a kinder society because of the awareness you and others bring to what its like to be on the receiving end of the ugliest and meanest part of mankind.

  2. Andrea Kirsten says:

    February 19, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Thank you so much, Bridget. And, I’m sorry that your sister was on the receiving end of similar abuse. I’d like to believe that, for every person who teaches hatred and bigotry as a family value, there’s even more parents who teach love and the beauty of diversity. Thanks again for your kind words!

  3. says:

    February 20, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    This is such a beautiful letter! It breaks my heart and infuriates me at the same time, thinking of any child – any person, for that matter – being treated as you were by your classmates. You capture it so well. It is so hard, as a parent, to think of our beautiful children – who we KNOW are just full of light and beauty – being seen or treated as anything less than that out in the world. I dread the day….

    I’m glad to hear that your heritage is now a source of pride – sounds like that will be passed on to your daughter, too! 🙂

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