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Parisa Haq, Staff Writer

Undefined: not clear or defined. We students at AHS come from multiple backgrounds, and we each carry different stories. That’s what creates our diverse community. Unfortunately, being diverse comes with being misunderstood. We form assumptions of one another and lack the vulnerability to learn more about each other. Luckily, we also speak up. On Feb. 9, 2019, multiple identity clubs came together to put on a monologue event: Undefined. Taking place in the lecture hall, Undefined featured five brave students who shared their stories. The topics ranged from adjusting to two cultures, love, race, religion, and sexuality. All were original pieces that were strongly inspired by the author’s experience within that subject. The performers were Manasvi Chandra, Hailey Cheng, Lucia Cheng, Ye-In Kim, and Genevieve Ngo. This event was hosted by the organizers, Sandi Khine and Filbert Aung.

While this event was much needed, to reassure individuals  that they aren’t the only ones to struggle with this, what inspired the creation? Junior Filbert Aung said, “I created this event in hopes of highlighting the unknown stories of personal discovery and development in the people around us.” He continued to say, “We’ve all had different experiences that contribute our perspective on life. It is important that all of us have a little bit more insight into the lives of others. That way, we might able to grow a little bit ourselves.” Filbert goes on to say how he wanted to “foster an environment” that let the speakers be vulnerable and the audience to be understanding. Filbert adds, “I wanted to find a way to help out small clubs at AHS. Many clubs struggle to find funding to support their club activities and grow. I thought that if this event would work as the combined effort of multiple clubs, the ultimate reach, profit, and influence from the event would be even greater.” The clubs involved were multiple identity clubs as well as Voices of Ability. The goal that Filbert reached was, “People need to live life understanding that they are valid individuals worthy of being celebrated. And with that, I am extremely happy with the outcome of the event and hope for it to grow I years to come.”

In all, this event was not only inspiring, but also entertaining and full of emotions. The speakers all shared a story that one can relate to and understand. Manasvi Chandra spoke about balancing her beloved Indian culture with her American nationality. Hailey Cheng spoke about her past of being bullied for being Asian. Genevieve Ngo opened about her struggle of giving love, and not receiving it back. Ye-In Kim showed how stereotypes forced on her caused her to almost reject her religion. Lastly, Lucia Cheng revealed three traits of herself: Chinese, gay and an idiot. All of these ladies impressed me with their words and courage. They have inspired me greatly and opened my eyes to new ideas.

Graphic courtesy of AHS’ Identity Clubs

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