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Driven by Tears

Updated: May 8, 2021

The Gear Project Blog Post on an Asian immigrant woman's experience with driving as a symbol of cultural and social assimilation towards mainstream American society.

"Who cries when they fail a driving test? Usually, I don’t cry for losing points on exams, but this time I did. I cried when I didn’t pass my driving test the first time. I felt the sadness and grief like

a knife cutting deep inside my body after the examiner told me that I should do better. That’s the comment I am used to hearing all the time as an immigrant and a woman. But why couldn’t I

contain those emotions this time? Why now must I cry?..."

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