Kayley Chery

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My Experiences as a Second Generation Reunionese-American

Imagine going to school and people questioning the legitimacy of your ethnicity simply because they have never heard the word Reunionese before. Having a teacher stop in the middle of a group discussion to pull up Google to research “Reunionese” even though you defined the term for them in the sentence before they cut you off.

Imagine learning about the French Revolution and hearing your history teacher say one sentence about how Napoleon colonized “some other countries along and near Africa”. Imagine knowing full well that “those…