★ a bright-eyed little boy is born in comfort and in style, to a half-korean father and white mother in sunny southern california. life's going to be easy for you, easier than it was for your parents, and easier than ninety-nine percent of the world.
★ you're the only son, so from the beginning you're loud and proud and the center of your parents' attention. mom and dad are from-the-bottom entrepreneurs who now knock knees with old money, and they don't let you forget it.
★ you like to think growing up is harder than it is. sure, you might be forced to take so many different sports and music lessons and advanced academic classes with private tutors while your little sister takes art, but your parents are responsible, if strict, and you're a smart kid.
★ at first, maybe you think you aren't as smart as everyone tells you. but after hearing it for the five hundredth time, you don't just believe it, you know it. maybe the iq test you took when you were six said you were only slightly above average, but intelligence and success are mostly hard work anyway, and the perfect grades you start pulling don't lie.
★ you're always the smartest person in your classes, growing up. you're definitely the loudest voice, anyway. your parents say it's important to attend public school so you know what regular people are like, and you don't mind, because you're pretty popular around them. sort of. people like you, you think.
★ while you don't do a lot of reading, you watch a lot of television and listen to a lot of radio. when you're younger, you like animal planet and trivia shows, but as you grow up, you realize how important it is to stay informed about news and politics. to this day, you know a little bit about a lot of things - maybe not enough to get your facts all the way straight sometimes, but enough to have an opinion. and, oh boy, do you have a lot of opinions.
★ high school's a little bit different. yeah, you play football and lacrosse and you spend a lot of time and money on your appearance, but suddenly that's not enough to overlook your tendencies to remind the teacher about last night's uncollected homework and talk too loudly over others during class discussions.
★ it's fine, though. you like that your friends are mostly also focused on success and their futures, and that they're passive enough to listen to whatever you have to say. and you say a lot.
★ as one fourth korean, you feel it's your duty to speak for your fellow people of color. as a vegan, you're the authority on animal ethics. as a feminist ally, you can correct other feminists if they veer misandrist. your political opinions are as colorful as you are self-important about them - but you're entitled to everyone's attention. because you're always right.