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I'm Asian American and I'm afraid to live in my own country. It's time to end the hate.

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I’ve never been afraid of anything in my life. Those that know me, my daughters especially, can attest to this: Their mother is fearless. I’ve always felt that if you work hard and follow your passion, you can achieve anything, especially here in America.

I was born in Taiwan and grew up in Africa. My family came to America in 1972 when I was 7 years old. I didn’t speak a word of English, only French and Chinese. We lived all along the East Coast, and my brother and I changed schools almost every year from grade school to high school. My p­arents are originally from China. They moved to Taiwan to escape communism and brought us to America after a stint in Africa.

My father worked at a Chinese restaurant and later became a mushroom farmer. My mother was a waitress, acupuncture assistant and stay-at-home mom. I’ve never heard my parents complain about the country or how they were treated as Asians. I was brought up to know that we are American citizens. Even though I’ve traveled all over the world and worked in six continents over the past 35 years, America is my home, where my family and I have felt comfortable living and thriving.

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