“Hi, would you like any help with directions?”
I looked up from my malfunctioning phone and saw an older White woman smiling at me. I forced a smile as I replied, “No thanks, I’m fine.”
Growing up in the 90s meant watching shows like “Lizzie McGuire”, “That’s So Raven” and “Hannah Montana”. As a second-generation immigrant, these shows weren’t purely entertainment for me. They were a portal into Western society.
I watched the characters throughout their coming of age stories and soaked up values such as the importance of friendship, kindness and hope. At the same time, I was learning how to dress, talk and act like an American teen. I discovered denim skirts, jelly bangles and how to rebel against my parents.