Monday 18th December 2017,

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Mac Weekly: Asian American Student Can’t Escape Racism Overseas

posted by Randall

Granada, SpainAn Asian American student who studied abroad has a warning for other women of color planning to do the same.

In her blog in the Mac Weekly, Jennie Kim said the same microaggressions she faces in America were more blatant overseas during her studies in Granada, Spain (pictured).

“As an Asian American woman, I deal with microaggressions everyday. In Spain, these microaggressions—and often, straight up aggressions—were much more obvious. The pervasive, unusual question of “but where are you really from?” was constant. The random “ni hao”s and “konichiwa”s got really old, really fast. Almost everyone assumed I was Chinese.”

She says her experience was much different from her white classmates and felt she would have been much better prepared if these issues had been discussed in her orientation.

Have you ever studied abroad? What was your experience and how was it similar or different that Jennie’s? Read her blog in the Mac Weekly and let us know what you think.



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