If you’re here to read an angry blog post about a racism in America, unfortunately this is quite the opposite. Over the last 5 years here in America, as a Mongolian from Asia, in general, I’ve had a very pleasant experience with people from various backgrounds and cultures. It mainly comes down to your belief system and how open you are to different perspectives and opinions. Some of my friends think I am a liberal since I am an international, but I can be quite the conservative too. Anyways, here’s my story.
Coming to the United States as a Freshman was a truly eye opening experience. I came not only to get my bachelors degree, but to also explore everything about the American culture. As some of you might know, I was going through a phase of culture shock; shooting stars and fireworks for a few months! Fraternities, parties, sports, college life, dating, you name it. Gradually, the newness wore off, but every has been a new learning experience!
The most important lesson I’ve learnt is how you want to view the world and how you want to present yourself. Be proud of who you are and your nationality; a mistake of mine is being embarrassed of my own identity as I didn’t mention my nationality to people as 2nd year rolled around. If you see yourself as someone who has nothing to offer and that the world is out there to get you because you look a certain way, to most extent, that is going to be true. You will fail to see the nice gestures people do for you and focus more so on the negative.
I won’t deny racism exists, but I have been fortunate enough to not have experienced direct insults or aggressive behaviour from strangers or acquaintances because I was Mongolian (I’ve seen more so reversed). Perhaps certain people have treated me differently on a subtle level because I am a foreigner, but I want to focus on the good.
Not so long ago, yesterday, since coming down to Texas, (A racist place according to a few of my friends), people have actually been very generous. A grocery store clerk saved me $2-$3 willingly with a discount, bus drivers have been helpful, and it’s the first time seeing 5-6 peoples of different cultures down in Houston. So stay positive my friends and keep your head up high; there’s a lot of love to go around!