The past Monday was known to be Memorial Day for most, but to me it was both Memorial Day and the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. It was a day of dual…

The past Monday was known to be Memorial Day for most, but to me it was both Memorial Day and the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. It was a day of dual importance. It reminded me of my identity as an Asian American and coincidentally, this month is Asian Pacific American Heritage Awareness Month. All day long, my mom was in the kitchen making zongzi, a traditional food item for the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, while in the many sales papers and online, there were notices for Memorial Day sales and such. It’s days such as Monday that really emphasize the duality of cultures for many Americans such as myself. Some say it may be overwhelming but I beg to differ. I’m rather proud of being able to be a part of two cultures and I do not see it as a burden at all because I feel like I can achieve a balance in which I am able to acknowledge my Asian heritage and still be able to address certain aspects of the American culture.   – Vivian

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