When you are in a school that consider you a minority you tend to surround yourself with those who are most like yourself, So I made friends with the other Chinese-Americans. I remembered struggling to fit in. Competition has always been high in Chinese-American families. I felt my lack of accomplishments brought my family shame. I wasn't getting straight A's in all my classes and I was starting to get cast out. They started to judge me. They questioned if I was really Chinese. To them I didn't look Chinese and my grades definitely didn't prove I was worthy of being one.
It didn't take long before I was cast out completely. I was alone. For several months I would hide behind the gym to eat lunch and avoid these people who were the most like me. I didn't like the way they looked at me and I didn't like how they whisper things about me.
One day, I notice two new Asian girls were in my Biology class. They were sisters, Jina and Jisoo. They just moved here from Korea with their father who was a pastor at a local Korean church. The teacher assigned them to sit with me so they feel more comfortable. For the first couple of days, I spend my time showing them around school. Despite our language barrier, we quickly became friends. They invited me to their home and cooked me home made Korean food. That was the first time I had Sul Lung Tang . As the school year went by, they were requited by the other Koreans. However, they didn't stop being friends with me and they never judged me. I remember one time, one of the other Chinese girls came up to me and ask me if my mom had an affair with an Korean man and that is why I look like a Korean and hang out with Koreans. My eyes started tearing up. I was frozen and couldn't react by the embarrassment. Next thing I know Jisoo pushed the other girl out of my face and said, "She must be Korean, because she is nothing like you." She grabbed my hand and her and Jina walked me to class. That was the first time I felt there were heroes in this world. Jisoo was younger then me and much smaller. The little her was so brave. I will never forget what she did for me. Over the years I lost touch with Jina and Jisoo, but i never forgot what their friendship meant to me. They taught me what real friendship is. They taught me that just because we did not share the same ethnic background, doesn't mean we can't be friends. I am really thankful to have them come into my life when I needed them the most. Without them, I wouldn't have known there were actually genuine people in this world. When you are young, the world can be so cruel. Every problem seems like the end of the world. No one to understand and no one can help. Being bullied was nothing new to me, but being saved was something I never thought would happened.
Bullying happens no matter where you live or what school you go to. I was fortunate enough to have Jina and Jisoo came into my life and I will never forget what they did for me. Be that person that someone will never forget. We need more heroes in this world.