The University of Iowa

Authored by Diane Pham

12/20/2012

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: From small town Iowa to China

I was born in the United States, and my parents are from Vietnam. During my first year of college, some people mistook me as Chinese, but most people can guess Vietnamese from my last name. I guess I should have mentally prepared to mistaken as Chinese more because from the moment I stepped into the boarding room, a Chinese lady asked me (in Chinese, of course) to help her read her boarding ticket.
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