Representation and relativism were always two predicaments I felt I was in. I was born and raised in Bellevue, WA, an urban city in which the population is predominantly white. Due to this setting, I always believed I was “more Asian” since everyone around me who was white viewed me in that perspective. I was related to a stereotyped Asian kid and therefore represented myself that way. It’s when Asian people who were more built into their heritage viewed me as “white” when I started to put myself in a state of confusion, a life dilemma. I started to wonder and question where I truly belonged. To Asian people I looked like them but because my cultural and mental background was Americanized I didn’t “fit in”. Whereas to Americans since I was not literally “white” in terms of skin I was objectified and stereotyped as kid from Asia. It really makes you think about the term Asian American. Many people may see the term as an Asian who was born in America. For me, I see it as a battleground. A war in which I must choose a side to take as neither side accepts me for being part of the other. However, things started to expand and mold when my bà passed away in the January of last year. Feeling a mixture of emotions, I also felt a form of ambition striving within me. My grandmother was most indefinitely the most cultured within our Vietnamese roots, and knowing this, I gained the grit and desire to deeply go back to my true roots. I started to attend community seminars/classes for Vietnamese language/culture (at UW, Văn Lang Seattle). Going in was nerve-racking as I barely knew any tiếng Việt, however, I now have more confidence as I found true happiness in not only representing my culture but also myself. Going through this process has taught me the valuable lesson that culture is not fixated but forever changing and adapting. It gives me great insight to know this as I feel more aware of both my Asian culture and the American culture. The idea of indulging my time to learn my own culture was well worth the investment as I found a lot more about who I am. I plan to continue this journey and deepen my knowledge and hopefully be related to the actual way I am representing myself.