The Poems

After every interview, participants were led through a poetry exercise inspired by Michelle Peñaloza. Following the exercise, participants were asked to do two things:

  1. To discuss what they wrote about
    • Which questions did you include?
    • Which prompts did you pair/group with which question?
    • Why?
  2. To reflect on the exercise as a whole
    • What did it feel like to think about the prompts?
    • What did it feel like to write your answers?
    • Did any of your answers stand out or surprise you?

All 23 reflections by the participants are included but only 21 poems are included, as participants were given the choice whether to publish their poems.


Alysha and Jaymielee

Alysha and Jaymielee are friends attending Seattle University. Alysha is Indian American, double majoring in marketing and management. Jaymielee is Filipina American, studying psychology with a minor in Spanish.

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Hunter

Hunter is a bisexual Filipino American student at the University of Washington, Seattle, pursuing a degree in biology with an expertise in physiology.

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Joseph, Matthew, and Britanna

Joseph is a Filipino American student pursuing a double degree in kinesiology and photography. Matthew is a mixed Filipino American student studying mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics. Britanna is also a mixed Filipina American student studying psychology.

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Jessa

Jessa is a Catholic Filipina American attending Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, pursuing a degree in elementary instrumental music education.

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Janine

Janine is a Malaysian American studying environmental science at Western Washington University.

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Maya S.

Maya Salo is a Chinese American adoptee who graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, in winter 2021 with a double degree in biology and psychology.

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Seraphina and Maya K.

Seraphina and Maya are friends attending Western Washington University. Seraphina is a Korean American studying special education with a dual elementary education endorsement. Maya is a Chinese American adoptee studying East Asian studies with a minor in sociology.

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Peter

Peter is a Vietnamese American who graduated from Seattle University in spring 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

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Nicole, Kayla, and Katrina

Nicole, Kayla, and Katrina are all students attending Seattle University. All three are Filipina American and Nicole is mixed race. Nicole is double majoring in economics and marketing. Kayla and Katrina are nursing students.

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Lorraine

Lorraine is a queer Catholic Filipina American who graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, in spring 2020 with a degree in classics and a minor in anthropology.

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Theresa A.

Theresa Ambat is a queer Catholic Filipina American who graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, in spring 2020 with a degree in computer music and a minor in digital arts and experimental media.

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Anton

Anton is a mixed, Indian-Malaysian American who graduated in the spring of 2020 from Western Washington University, where he earned a degree in biocultural anthropology.

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Theresa C.

Theresa C. is a queer mixed Spring 2021 graduate from Western Washington University with a degree in linguistics and a minor in political science.

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Mish

Mish is a multicultural Spring 2021 graduate from Western Washington University. He is a double major in management and international business with a minor in psychology.

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Andre

Andre is a disabled Filipino American student at Western Washington University. He is studying English with an emphasis in creative writing and an endorsement in teaching.

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Gretchen and Jannell

Gretchen and Jannell are two Filipina American students at Western Washington University. Gretchen is pursuing a degree in manufacturing engineering. Jannell is pursuing a degree in special education with a dual endorsement in elementary education.

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