University of Michigan Supplement Essay #1

Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it.


It didn’t take me long to figure out my family wasn’t the typical white picket fence American family. Both my parents immigrated to the United States from China. Neither of my parents pursued a college education—my dad dropped out of high school to help support his family and my mom simply didn't have the chance with two younger sisters to care for, alone in a foreign land.

I am not at all ashamed by the fact that neither of my parents have a college education. They have worked hard to provide my brother and me with a world full of opportunities they never had. My life has been enriched with both Chinese and American culture. We speak “Chinglish” in my house, a hybrid of Chinese and English. Our fridge houses half empty jars of pasta sauce and salsa, along with fermented bean curd.

You most certainly have not eaten real Chinese food if you've only been to the Panda Express. Think along the lines of dumplings, steamed taro, and perhaps . . . chicken feet.

Should it be concerning to say that I’m not the least bit afraid of eating fish with its head still completely intact?

And cheese . . . what American doesn’t have a cheese drawer in their fridge? I promise you will not find any cheese in a quaint little village in China. I,...

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