Voice Your Language
Yan Zhang Lesley

Thank you for sharing a little bit about your own background on your blog. It’s incredible to me how even though we come from different places, our stories have many commonalities. We both faced similar struggles when faced with having to learn English. As someone who was born in the United States but was raised in Mexico, and then returned to the U.S., I often shared Reyna’s feeling of not belonging ‘here’ or ‘there’. I have now realized that I don’t have to choose between Mexico or the United States. Both countries are part of my story and identity, and both have given so much to me and my family.

You mentioned the benefits that being bilingual brings to “school, socio-economic, and community”. I think is crucial for people to start seeing multilingualism as an asset. Prop 227 might be gone but our nation’s view of multiculturalism, and diversity in general, is on very shaky ground. I thank you for giving us, your classmates, the opportunity to learn about your country and culture.