I was born in November of 1994 in Maanshan, China in the Anhui provence. I was left on a street corner after I was born, so I was told. Police found me and took me to the local orphanage where I lived for the next seven months. I was adopted in June by my loving parents. They had tried previously to have children for 19 years before deciding to adopt. According to them, I was an answered prayer. I'm not entirely sure how accurate this is for all the trouble I've caused them since then, but life has been good so far. I know of at least 3 of my "sisters", we are spread out literally ALL over the country. One here in Texas, one in Indiana, and another in California. I've unfortunately lost contact with the other two. One of my sisters, Destinee is currently in China now going to school! I will hopefully get to see her this summer when I go! Here's her blog for those who are interested! http://destineeling.tumblr.com
As far as that photo goes, I'm the one in the stripes, embarrassingly enough matching my mother.... and Destinee is on the far right. She's the one I've gotten to know well enough over the years because we grew up about 3 hours away from each other. Luckily we got to see on another every now and then!
And that's us a couple of months before we both started college...Time really flies.
Being adopted hasn't really affected my life as much as people may think. There are actually days when I forget that I look nothing like the rest of my family...Haha... I am completely Americanized and love my life. Since coming to college, I've made so many new friends. I think that it is quite funny that I've been pursued by both Asians for Christ, the Chinese Student Association, and Asian sororities. It's hard to explain to them that I share almost none of their culture... I'm happy the way my life turned out and embrace the fact that I'm a banana..that is, Asian on the outside, white on the inside, or twinkie, whichever one is more relatable.... Seriously though, I'm like the whitest asian my friends have ever met.
Well, thats my "background" story I guess. I believe every character in Life has an incredible story that links them to others and is continuously molding them. People wouldn't be themselves without their unique experiences and stories. So I will leave you with a little Walt Whitman:
"That you are here-- That life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse."