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Note: These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
On January 12, 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake. More than 300,000 people died and a million were made homeless. The shockwaves were felt around the world, especially in Haitian communities. Cassandra Charles, living in New York City, describes the events and feelings she experienced in the first few days following the quake. (full text)
When she enters 7th grade as the only black student in her class, Desiree is thrown into confusion about her racial identity. (full text)
Edwidge describes the bewilderment, culture shock, and stereotypes she faces on arriving in the U.S. from Haiti at 12. She will later credit this essay with helping to inspire her novel Breath, Eyes, Memory, which became a New York Times bestseller. (full text)
Melissa writes about colorism not just in her Guyanese community but within her Guyanese family. (full text)
Sabatine struggles to adjust to extreme culture change when she is uprooted from her home in Haiti at age 11. (full text)
Marsha’s parents, like many immigrant parents, want her to become a doctor. A career in medicine becomes her dream too—until she realizes that she prefers writing to science. (full text)

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