To a lot of people, being Asian is a punchline. Maybe even to a lot of you being Asian is a punchline. I get it; I'm in Avenue Q and I can feel when people are laughing at lines that aren't jokes just because I say them funny.
When I was a kid, I felt this, and I hated it. I wanted to be white because white people got to be on stage and screen, but not people like me. As an adult, I'm very heavy-handed with embracing my Asian identity; I hated it so much as a child and blocked myself off from so much language and culture. Today, I am Filipino-American; I am Pinay, I am #azn, I am Christmas Eve, and I celebrate it. My identity is important to me. I am proud of who I am and I am living my adulthood making up for every moment I wasn't.