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I was born and raised in a small city of Viet Nam. My dad was hoping I would be a boy rather than a girl because of my two older sisters. To his dismay, I am the third and youngest daughter in my family. Though my dad’s intensions were for me to be a boy, therefore he raised me to be a strong person. He taught me how to fixed things around the house, maintain my motorcycle when it broke down, took me to all types of sporting events, and bought me a lot of boy type clothing when I was growing up. Growing up like this has impacted my life; for instance, it is easy for me to adapt to different environments that may not be familiar to me. I grew up much stronger than my two older sisters because I am self-reliant. However, sometime I find it difficult because people around me usually assumed that “she is strong, she can take care of herself, and she does not need any help.” This assumption comes from always being there for my family and friends whenever they need me.
I got burned when I was thirteen years old, which I think it has affected me throughout my life in many ways. After the accident from the fire, I lost most of my confidence because on the way people perceived me. I noticed different reactions, looks and treatment from other people. Some felt pity, but most of them feared my physical appearance because of the skin grafts and scarring caused by the fire accident. I remembered wishing to go to the beach during the summer break, wearing just a t-shirt and shorts like a regular person. However, my mom asked me to wear gloves, long sleeve t-shirts, and long pants in order to hide all my scars because she did not want other people look at me and become scared or gossip about me. It is hard for a thirteen years old girl to go through this type of experience, because of the constant reminder of the pain and being asked, “What happened to you?” Some people make an…...

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