American Born Chinese Six Word Character Memoirs

Be you and accept yourself fully. by Eden

My heritage does not define me. By Anna

A perm couldn’t solve it all. By Zoe

No one else matters but her- Alec

Mastered four major disciplines of body. By Francisco

Traditional clothes don’t equal good student. By Ade

I’m your average stereotypical Chinese person – By Annabelle

Isolated loner not defined by skin. By Shelby

It’s hard being yourself without support. -Josh

I’ve found humans to be petty. By Gerald

Little boys don’t grow up transformers. By Logan

Banned Books by Francisco

Books are banned all around the world. I don’t think books should be banned. Because we they are people’s books and we are pretty much saying their book is bad. Also they made that book so people would appreciate their work. People think they are not appropriate for kids. Kids are old enough to understand that some of the things that happen in the book isn’t real. And kids are old enough to know a bad word and inappropriate stuff. Then their work will all go to waste. They worked hard to make books for people to read. But people don’t appreciate them and they work on books for years. So don’t make your opinion be everyone’s keep it to yourself so other people can read the book.

Book Banning by Eden

Personally, I love books that involve a lot of real life situations, and considering I cannot read that at school angers me. I feel like younger children should know this, considering that they read about it online. For example, there is a quote I use every day that is, “At this moment, there is a child holding a book and a child holding a gun, but only one of them is banned for its use of the n word.”. Children can have guns, but not books? Second example is how without these books in the middle school environment, they are living in a fantasy. An example is, is how without books in their lives, all they will know is their phone or laptop or television. Why can children have violent games and be influenced by bad people online, but not read a bad word in a book?  Lastly, going off of this topic, is how without books, all children will know is their electronics. An example is, is how 2nd graders now have phones and laptops. To close off, a question I have you think about is why can children do this violence, and it is influenced by their electronics, but the government thinks its books that they are reading, faults?

Autism By: Joshua

Have you ever experienced life with an autistic family member? I have not but in the book Rules a girl named Catherine does. Catherine lives with her autistic brother and does not enjoy it. On some levels, I would agree with Catherine but on the dislike, I do not agree. Recently we were lucky enough get the point of view from an autistic person her name was Rosie King. At the begging she talked about her experiences, and what it was like to be autistic. But she also talked about all of the upsides as well, and it opened my mind a lot and flooded my brain with thoughts. On the other hand, we heard from Grace Bourne, she has an autistic brother and does not agree with Catherine. Grace talked about how awesome her brother was and all of the amazing things he did. She also talked about some of the scarier times as well which was interesting to hear from her point of view.  To conclude, I would like to say do not judge people from the outside, become there friend and get to know them no matter what.

Why Aren’t Differences Embraced? by Anna

It seems that in our society today, we try so hard to change people that we consider “different.” First of all, people with differences are constantly alienated and avoided because nobody wants to leave their comfort zone. For instance in the short story “Movement,” Hannah’s parents want to give an operation to their own daughter so they can treat her autism, even if it means Hannah will lose her gifts. Also, in the speech by Rosie King, she mentions how nobody wanted to be friends with the autistic girl, and she was avoided. Along with that, people with disabilities possess certain traits or gifts that are unique to them.

For example, in the story “Movement,” Hannah has the ability to memorize facts and numbers effortlessly, and dance beautifully, like no other. Additionally, in Rosie King’s speech, she mentions her extremely vivid imagination, and how she can find herself in many different worlds at the same time. Finally, if people were more accepting, they could build very strong friendships with others, and understand how their brain works. In the book Rules, Catherine makes the decision to befriend Jason, a boy with disabilities; and she ends up building a strong and true friendship with him. Also, in the article Neurotribes, Hans Asperger gave a group of autistic kids a chance, only to find out that they had a brilliantly different way of thinking and understanding. In conclusion, I believe that people should definitely try going outside their comfort zones, and exploring the minds and personalities of those considered “different.”

Banned Books By: Joshua

I do not agree with the banning of books. As a current middle school student, I don’t agree with the banning of reading material. Anyone should be able to read whatever they want no matter what because this is a free country which allows us to read what we want. There is nothing wrong with liking a book that other people don’t agree with. I feel now a day people have a diverse perspective on a lot of things and books is one of them, but it’s not ok to take that and put it on everyone else. For example, when a mother doesn’t like a book and tells all the teachers and parents and tries to get it taken out. But really that only involves her and her child, and those other parents might not care if their child reads that. On the other hand, parents and teachers are just looking out for us and want the best for us. For instance, a book includes language, narcotics and violence and a parent and child don’t want to read that. That is the right time to remove it from your surroundings or your home but nobody else’s because everyone has different standards. To conclude, I would say that everyone has their own opinion and should just help their family first. Instead of taking their personal issues to other people.

Autism By Francisco

By learning about the experiences of autistic people, we can build more respect for them. First of all just because some people are non-verbal does not mean they are not intelligent. For example, people make fun of them because some of them can speak properly. Also, they can’t do the same things as other people so they are bullied for not being able to do things like sports. Autistic people do not pick up all the life skills right away but are capable if given the right structure. They know a lot of stuff but they can’t show it so they have to go to a special school. And because If they go to a normal school they won’t be able to keep up  with everything they do and they don’t get homework at the special school. They understand their siblings more and have like a secret language and love each other. Like, some people with autism can’t walk so that’s one then some people can barely move but there are some that are able to like play basketball. At their special school they don’t have P.E. or don’t do exercise but they usually take field trips to stores so they can learn how to get a job and do it. So they aren’t the same but they can do so much more than we can’t do so they are more intelligent than you in a different way.