Neglected & Lost (Identity)

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Story that re-tells my tales of growing up Asian and disobeying all cultural/religions rule and regulations. Story takes place in a graduation speech reflecting on a past mistake about forgotten identity.

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  • There I was, giving my graduation speech about how I embraced Cambodian culture, which I didn't growing up, most of my childhood was hiding and neglecting it, which I regret ever doing.
  • Hello! For those who don't know me, I'm Sopoll Mon. but what you do know is that the speech topic is about Identity. I've written this speech about my cultural identity and the history of me losing it. It all starts at ...
  • My first primary school I was called names, there were racial comment, most of them were inaccurate and childish because I'm not Chinese.
  • Go back to China!
  • Hey! Ching-Chong
  • Why do I have to be Asian?
  • In yr 6 when the teacher would leave, the class would go crazy, bully me, and throw paper at me! Racial slurs and all, but when I told them to stop it just got worse, but I would always have my best friend right next to me.
  • Who cares about them best friend, they're too stupid to understand anything.
  • What is a Cambodian? You're such a loser!! Weirdo!
  • There were even times where I'd cry about the bullying wonder and why I was forced to be be a culture that nobody knew about, I barely knew about it too. It was barely talked about at home.
  • Why can't I be like everyone else? Why Cambodian!
  • Polly, we all noticed that you aren't holding onto our culture. I know in today's society our culture is slipping away but I want to remind you how happy you were before you let it get to you.
  • I didn't like my culture so I acted like another, went against all cultural traditions and pretended to be something I wasn't, SOMEONE I wasn't. It got to a point where I lost myself, my culture, my IDENTITY. One day my older sister had a sit down with me and reminded me who I was before I changed.
  • After that talk, I reflected on my actions, I felt that I let my ancestors down, my family down and myself down. I decided to change, I did whatever it took to regain my identity, I'm more confident and happy with myself. What I want you to take from this is that you should comfortable with yourself and you shouldn't change . Thank you!
  • Hey,they said you're Cambodian? That's cool! My family and I went to the Angkor Wat last term.
  • Really? I'm going next year! Wanna tell me about it at lunch?
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