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'It's Simon, not Tran.' Bullied by a high school teacher, this Vietnamese writer found his voice

Submitted by Arts & Sciences Web Team on March 30, 2021 - 2:15pm

After struggling to embrace his culture and hiding his sexual orientation, Simon Tran (UW Drama & CHID, '16) finally found self-acceptance and the Asian ally he needed. After being bullied by his high school journalism teacher, Simon went on to study writing at the UW, where he met a half-Asian teaching assistant who would change how he viewed his own culture and find pride in being Vietnamese.