Charlotte Yeung | Read to Heal Podcast Episode 5
What does it mean to be a ‘model minority’?
SEASON 1 EPISODE 5 of THE READ TO HEAL PODCAST
GUEST: Charlotte Yeung
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Amber Brown
HOSTS: Harnoor + Madi
VIDEO EDITOR: Nancy Martinez
What does it mean to be a ‘model minority’? Charlotte Yeung, a young author from Novelly’s Rising Voices Collective, joins our Youth Ambassadors for courageous conversations about race and stereotypes in her novella, “Rippling Fire.” In this story, Charlotte strikingly reveals how mental and emotional stress affects a competitive dancer as he prepares for the performance of a lifetime.
Though his dancing freed him from a hard life in the mines, Hwan is still defined by things he cannot control. He is defined by his ethnicity, his hometown. He is not Hwan, but the ethnic boy, the boy from the mines. To others, he is the adopted son and rising protege of Irina Petrov, the galaxy’s most graceful dancer. As Hwan prepares for the Galactica, the galaxy’s version of the Olympics, he is confronted with the questions that he’s tried to ignore for so long. Will Hwan embrace his identity and rise above his current circumstances? Or will he suffer for it?
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