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Rose Hoang

Rose Hoang is passionate about serving her community and loves to bring a little laughter everywhere she goes. She believes it is important to be the voice for underrepresented communities and educate one another through the power of one's stories. In the next year, she wants to push herself to grow, learn about a whole new culture and have a better understanding of who she is. She wants to come back home inspired and stronger, in order to empower herself and her community. One of Rose's favorite quotes is "go big but never forget to go home".


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June 1, 2017

2:00 PM   Home sweet home. Kick the shoes under the bed. Get into comfy clothes. Wait. 2:30 PM   Mama Maribel and Giuliana are home. We prepare lunch. In a traditional meal, soup is usually first. Then, the rice plate which usually includes some rice, salad, and some sort of vegetable – potatoes were...

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Peek Into My Life: Now And Then

June 1, 2017

Peek Into My Life: Now And Then   I am sitting back in the familiar pastel blue room that I share with my thirteen year old brother. It is one of those nights where I am frustrated at everything. That at 19 years old I cannot drive a car and cannot freely leave the house...

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A Green(ga) Christmas

January 24, 2017

This was my first time celebrating Christmas away from home and everything that comes with: bomb Vietnamese food, the aunts and uncles you see a few times a year, the comfort of knowing everyone and feeling like this is exactly where you should be, the lame traditions, cute family photos and the easiness of things....

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Rosita The Chinita

November 3, 2016

18 years of 180,000 Vietnamese people in one city.  Now, just one here in Ibarra, and it’s me. When I walk down the streets, there’s two things I know I can be sure to find here: a Claro store and a Chifa. Claro is a cell phone company here like Verizon but on steroids. A...

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Hot Dogs From Hell

September 14, 2016

All I wanted was to be home in my own bed with my mom giving me her asian remedies, porridge, and tylenol. I layed in bed alone with my head on fire but my body shivering. I tried to think back to the time I had the stomach flu but that was over 10 years...

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How I Got Here

September 11, 2016

I have been struggling to write a first blog. Not only because I criticize my writing and feel pressured to create this “ideal blog” but mostly because I am having a hard time being vulnerable to this strange internet space. I don’t want my bridge year to be glorified and covered in roses and daisies...

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