feb 11: in class writing

Even though I’ve been studying in a American school in Taiwan, coming to the US had gave me a huge culture shock. when i was in the 6th grade, I went to New York to visit my sister. On the streets, I saw people wearing provocative clothing, and women with shaved heads, and even guys in heels. I was so shock.

particular learning experience: Living in a foreign country is challenging, but it is also a great learning experience. By learning to understand and navigate the culture of another country, we become more open-minded and accepting individuals.

cultural understanding: I should resist to judge people immediately.


Feb 6: Free Writing

Growing up in Taiwan, I was different than most of the majority of students. My parents decided to send me to an American school in Taiwan. I transferred from a local school to a new different environment. I quickly learned that I am bilingual and I stand between the middle of American culture and Taiwanese culture. In Taipei American School, we don’t have to wear uniforms unlike other local schools in Taiwan. Being a third grader there, I have no idea people care about clothing. I wore khakis and a t shirt to school. When i got there i realized girls were wearing cute dresses and cute girly tops. I realized I don’t fit in at all. But as years gone by, I have realized I started to conform into the norms, I cared about what I wear to school and i started to speak in “Chinglish”. When i start to become more independent, my friends and I would speak in “Chinglish” on the bus, or any public transport. People would ask us if we came from the US we would always explain to them we go to a American School. They always find it really shocking. I feel very lucky to be  exposed to greater variety of cultural influences.

-racial profiling

-culture shock

-second culture kid – exchanges, bring unique perspective , individual .

1st: talk about my background, culture, family,

2nd: when travellin


Feb 4: In Class Writing

Main expectations for audio essay:

  • reveal compelling insights about self on facing issues of identity, culture, and racial stereotype.

Challenge I may face is struggling to speak with a flow . I plan to write down the whole script of my essay and revise for any grammatical issues. Another challenge is not being creative enough. I plan to watch some similar essays on Youtube and take inspiration from it. I think the essay would be a challenge for me because I am not used to creating any videos, however, I think if I put in the effort then I will be okay.

Discussion on readings for the day:

One of the experiences I found intriguing from Garnette Cadogan’s essay is how as a minority in America, he quickly became street smart meaning he has to act a certain type of way on the streets. I cannot imagine being in Cadogan’s shoes and had to constantly be on alert walking on the streets. I have encountered harassment on the street just like Cadogan. One day I was walking down the street in New York with my sister pretty late at night, while we were walking past a group of men, they were catcalling and yelling inappropriate terms at us, so we just walked away really fast. On television, we could all agree that minorities, especially African America people are always portrayed as bad or the faulty ones in news. This could lead to people having stereotypes for black people. The social script Cadogan is trying to rewrite is people are not always the stereotype people think they are especially the minorities in America.





January 30: In Class Writing

As I was reading people’s response, I have found many similar ideas from few of the students. One of the idea is about our university. Despite on how diverse and inclusive our university is, we could all agree we still see people preferably to be close with people with the same race and cultural background. One of the student also agreed on J.D Vance’s argument of American’s reluctance to embrace diverse identity; the more we are exposed to a diverse environment  in terms of race and culture, the more we learn and understand better about the world. However, people are not that willing to accept integrating with other people coming from a totally different background or different race, because we tend to naturally gravitate towards people who are similar to ourselves.


January 28 In Class Writing


“Transgender” is a term that describes people whose gender identity of expression does not match the sex they were assigned at birth. Being transgender is solely about someones gender identity, and has nothing to do with things like sexual orientation. “Nearly 700,000 adults in the US identify as transgender, according to 2011 research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA”.  Being transgender means different things to different people, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). A people’s internal sense of being female, male, or something else is their gender identity. 

The transgender community faces numerous obstacles daily, negatively effecting their daily life including healthcare, harassment, legal protection, and poverty.  “The National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS) found that 15 percent of respondents were living in severe poverty (making less than $10,000/year). For transgender people of color, those rates were even higher, with 34 percent of Black and 28 percent of Latina/o respondents reporting a household income of less than $10,000 a year (Human Rights Campaign).” With such low annual income, the ability to provide substantial housing along with clothing and food becomes very difficult. Regarding health care, it inst uncommon for the transgender community to face bias and in turn be turned away from health care. Harassment within society tends to be the most prominent obstacle that the transgender community seems to face. “The National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force surveyed 6,450 transgender individuals in the United States in 2011. Of those surveyed, 41 percent reported that they had attempted suicide compared to 1.6 percent in the general population. Also, 64 percent had been sexually assaulted, and 55 percent had lost a job due to their identity.” This sickening harassment, as shown in the statistics, can cause a decline in mental health. 

Despite so many upsetting problems the transgender community faces, they have been able to come together as one and do many powerful things. One of the most recent things, that has been recognized around the world, is gender neutral restrooms. Especially in such a diverse city like San Francisco, the accessibility for gender neutral bathrooms has significantly increased over the past year. A new act passed in March 1, 2017 has required all single stall bathrooms to be labeled as gender neutral, rather than an individual gender, according to SHRM.org. In such a diverse society we live in today, not everyone falls under a very easy “black and white” gender, such as “male or female”. These gender neutral bathrooms safely allow all gender identities to use this restroom safely without the fear or fines. Also, now in the state of California, it is illegal for health care providers to discriminate against transgender people beginning in 2005. 

There are visibility which are positive images of transgender people in the media and society continues to make a critical difference in the US, but visibility is not enough and comes with risks to their safety, especially for those who are not getting the support they need. That is why the Human Rights Campaign is committed to continue to support and advocate for the transgender community so that the transgender Americans have n equal chance to succeed and thrive. There are things we can do to show support for the transgender community. We could learn more terminology. Trans language is always changing and important to know. For example, using the wrong pronouns or making assumptions about others identities is wrongful. It is vital that we respect the names and pronouns that people prefer. It is impossible to know without asking. If you are not sure ask, “what are your preferred pronouns?”. This could ensure the person would not feel disrespected. 













Hi my name is Emily Kao, I was born in Taiwan and graduated in Taipei American School. I love living in Taiwan because of how convenient and how cheap and good the food is. I could walk just 20 steps and reach to my favorite go to Taiwanese breakfast place. I miss the nightlife in Taipei, from going to night markets to karaoke with friends every weekend. I have decided to transfer to a university that is in the city because I love the skyline and explore different cool places and enjoy to try countless of restaurants in San Francisco. My major in USF is marketing. One fun fact about myself is that I have a twin brother who’s currently in New York studying art and business. My hobbies include running, going to art museum, shopping,  and watching  movies. I love travelling with my family and friends and I always look forward to exploring different cultures in different countries.


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