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I was always "The Chinese One"; my other ethnicities were irrelevant. It was easy to brush it off, at least on the surface. My mother is the product of two Chinese immigrants, who worked multiple jobs to provide for their four children, ensuring they were fed, sheltered, and well-educated. But that's not all that I am. If I spoke Spanish fluently, would I be welcomed into the Latinx club?
If I showed my ancestral DNA, would that be enough?
Plus, I'd never seen a picture of my Cuban grandpa, let alone visited the island he left behind. Then, the unexpected happened: In January , the Obama Administration lightened restrictions on travel from the U. This felt like the opportunity I'd been waiting for, the piece of the puzzle I needed to secure my self-dubbed Cubanity.
I knew I'd find a way to the motherland soon. But when then-presidential candidate Donald Trump announced his plans to reverse President Barack Obama's Cuba policy in , I knew the window to visit Cuba and discover my family history was at risk, and after Trump's election, it felt even narrower. So I brushed up on the Spanish I hadn't utilized since 11th grade and bought my roundtrip tickets to Havana, Cuba. It felt like it was now or never.
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I know traveling to Cuba as a tourist is fraught with feelings, and I can understand why. The amount of influencers taking pictures in low-income areas of the country to post colorful, trendy photographs on their Instagrams for likes irks me to no end. But as a person with Cuban heritage, visiting Cuba was an opportunity for me to explore my own identity. I flew to Havana with my non-Cuban husband in April I had no plans to find records about my Cuban grandfather — since I had so few details to go off of in the first place — but I had high hopes that being in his homeland would give me that connection I'd always been missing.
Rather than check in at a government-run hotel, we opted to stay at an Airbnb in Vedado, a neighborhood west of Old Havana. We made our way there in a Chevrolet Bel Air. Though the old-timey cars make for great photo opps, according to our tour guide, a majority of Cubans still drive them due to restrictions imposed in the '50s, which banned the import of foreign cars.
Hours after we were picked up, we got to experience one of the less "Instagrammable" sides of Cuba while visiting a local tobacco farm.
I discovered that workers only get to keep and sell 10 percent of what they grow — a fact I still have a hard time processing more than two years later. On a separate excursion, we ate an enormous seafood dinner that cost nearly nothing — an incident that showed us how prices on the island are intentionally suppressed by the government with the dual currency system. Both of these events drew a line in the sand for me, showing how vastly different the American way of life is compared to the Cuban way of life.
Needless to say, we left a large tip at the restaurant. Despite ongoing reminders of how Cubans have continually been oppressed by their government, I began to feel at home.
Fireworks frightened other kids. Even going alone to a big bathroom — like the kind in school or at the mall — can be scary, according to a few kids. Health-related matters can be scary, some kids said.
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In addition to getting shots, they said they were scared of throwing up , wetting the bed , or getting fat. Morgan wishes she would stop being afraid to ride roller coasters. Fear is a feeling that everyone has — it's programmed into all of us — and that's a good thing because fear is there to protect us.
We're born with a sense of fear so we can react to something that could be dangerous. Babies cry when they're afraid, even if that loud noise that startled them is just an older brother banging pots and pans in the kitchen. The baby cries, and mom comes over to soothe him or her, helping the baby feel safe and OK again. There, that's better! Now, with the help of mom, the baby has just experienced calming down after feeling afraid — something that every person needs to learn as they grow up.
Nice job, baby! Bigger kids hear that loud clanging and say, "No big deal. It's just my brother making noise again. The best way to get over a fear is to get more information about it. As kids get older, they understand more and start seeing the difference between real and pretend. So when William's imagination leads him to think of witches and werewolves, he can tell himself, "Wait a minute.
They're only pretend. I don't need to worry about them. The same goes for the dark. A kid's imagination can start playing tricks when the lights go out. What's under my bed? Is that a burglar I hear? With the help of a parent, kids can get more comfortable in the dark. Using a nightlight or shining a flashlight under the bed to see that there's nothing there can help fight that fear. You might say, but burglars can be real, what then?
True, but you can feel safer knowing that the door is locked and a parent is nearby to keep an eye out for any problems. In other words, get snuggled in and get some sleep! Other fears that kids have make sense and do not need to be conquered.
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If you're afraid to ride your bike on a busy highway, right on! You should be afraid because it's dangerous. There's no need to get over a fear like that, not even if someone dares you. Find a safe place to ride instead.
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It's also OK for Rachel to be afraid of that big jellyfish in Australia because it's truly dangerous. But she doesn't have to be afraid of it all the time — or even every time she swims. It lives only in certain ocean waters. So when she's not swimming in one of them, no worries about the big jellyfish.