Asian youth in Detroit

I thought that working on grad school applications would take away from blogging. Instead, blogging has been a wonderful distraction to help me get through the painful application process.

Lately the Detroit Asian Youth Project has been getting some great features in places like here and here! Being involved with this initiative has been a great learning experience, and it has come a long way since we launched it three years ago. In addition to the 6-week summer program, it now involves weekly after school sessions and monthly open-mics that are organized by the youth. A mix of Detroit residents and University of Michigan students serve as adult mentors. The most remarkable blessing is simply getting to know these youth and watching them articulate their stories. I have learned more about what it means to be Asian American through them, as they have also helped put into context my own experiences as a Taiwanese American growing up in a predominately white suburb. They are certainly more on point about the world than I was at their age. I look forward to seeing them grow and explore their full potentials in the years ahead.

Check out DAY Project on MySpace, too!

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