“Who” is a coded piece of poetry meant to document Lee’s struggles as she reconciles with different parts of her identity as a female Asian American and serves as an outlet for girls like her.
Growing up as an Asian American woman, I have felt much pressure to fit into a specific mold whether it is the model minority myth that looms over me or the need to always have to do something ten times better than my male peers to gain the same level of respect. “Who” was created with people like me in mind. Combining my love for writing and coding, I take the reader through the process of how I am able to reconcile different parts of myself. By documenting the mistakes I make as I go through this process, I hope to serve as an example for others that it is fine to make mistakes as we learn more about ourselves. Because I view the process as a very important part of the piece, the process is also part of the newest working version. As I continue to learn more about myself, the piece and the process will also continue to grow because self-discovery is an ongoing process.
Lauren Lee is a high school junior in Manhattan, New York. Based in Brooklyn, she is a writer who loves experimenting with new styles and genres; especially poetry and essay writing. She enjoys incorporating her own personal history and highlighting the experiences of other Asian Americans in her stories. Her pieces have been published in the Girls Write Now Anthology and the Stuyvesant Spectator. She has received Honorable Mention for poetry in 2021 in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. In her free time, she loves playing tennis, debating and baking.