The Student News Site of Mt. Eden High School

The Monarch Times

The Monarch Times

The Monarch Times

What does it mean to support AAPI youth?: A Poem

What does it mean to support AAPI youth?
Is it to advocate for equity and proof of Asian American culture
when many of them never wanted to be “Asian,” under the same roof?
Is it to uplift Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Japanese, or Hawaiian traditions
while dozens of Asian cultures are never heard,
but still in the same position/condition
of “Asian American/AAPI.”

 

What does it mean to support Asian American youth?
Is it to endorse Asian American mental health, to soothe,
when many don’t strive
to feel better, just to survive?
Is it to promote Asian American excellence and achievement
while many criticize white-washing, model minority, and their concealment?

 

What does it mean to support Asian American youth?
Is it to make sure they stand at the booth
while many of them have no experience with the truth
only fleeting expectations and promises that go: poof?
Is it to give attention to hate crimes against the Asian elderly, giving them a voice
when many do not want to be heard, just left with their own choice
of whether to live or die
without a stranger to deny
their second chance at life?

 

What does it mean to support Asian American youth?
Maybe its to advocate for our own truths
and hope we can all live with the same comparison
of “Asian American.”

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Monarch Times

Your donation will support the student journalists of Mt. Eden High School . Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
About the Contributor
Aiden Jiang
Aiden Jiang, Staff Writer
My name is Aiden Jiang and I am a reporter/writer of The Monarch Times for the 2023-24 school year. I joined The Monarch Times this year and hope to write more personalized and interesting articles. I was born and raised in Hayward and plan to move to some far-away Hawaiian Island, once I get to doing it. I enjoy reading, spending time with family, and playing flashy video games. You can contact me through email or social media; I encourage questions, criticisms, and sometimes compliments.
Donate to The Monarch Times

Comments (0)

All The Monarch Times Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *