Slang culture: an immigrant teen’s arch nemesis
By Marion Rai
Can slang culture even impact an immigrant teen at all?
The idea for this podcast stemmed from my personal experience as an immigrant. When I first arrived in America, especially the American High School, I was greeted with a vast array of slang and I quickly realized that, despite being fluent in English, I really didn’t know a lot of this slang. Two years in, I’ve realized that it wasn’t only me; a vast majority of people felt just as alienated, and still feel this way, and thus, I created this podcast. I have written and rewritten the script again and again in fear of sounding either too cliche or too bland. But in the end it pulled through, and I truly feel proud of my work.
Marion Rai is a high school junior and an author of realistic fiction. Her short stories often feature communities in her home country of Nepal and look at issues of gender, culture and the spiritual/religious belief system. In 2021, she won third place in the LILAC Writing Contest for short stories and is an editor for Polyphony Magazine. She enjoys playing basketball and skateboarding.