Thursday 22nd February 2018,

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Huff Post: Chinese Adoptee With Special Needs Struggles With Stereotypes

posted by Randall

Emily ChampionEmily Champion is tired of people telling her she’s supposed to be smart.

Afterall, aren’t all Asians smart?

Champion was adopted from China by a couple in Ohio in 1999. She told her story in a blog in the Huffington Post.

The 15-year old high school sophomore was born in 1999 with cleft lip and palate and as a result had a speech impediment.

She’s heard more than a few kids speak behind her back in mock Chinese. Ironically she doesn’t speak Chinese and is embarrassed that she doesn’t.

She writes:

“Throughout my life I have had many struggles with stereotyping and depression because I don’t know anything about my biological family. No matter how hard I try, I can never escape stereotyping. I can’t even count how many times I have been told that I should be smart “because I’m Asian.”

She needed a place that she felt she belonged. She found it. You can read where in the Huffington Post.

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  1. Jack Chan says:

    dont let shitty ppl keep you down, you are doing great! im happy for you that your teacher stood up for you. she/he is a great person , just like your american parents here.

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