In June of this year, as I finished dressing up in my royal blue top and black skirt with a traditional green sash tied around my waist, my dad’s cell phone rang loudly from the living room. I thought nothing of it. My mind was busy with curling my hair and fixing my friend’s makeup. It was the day of the Sunnyside High School Cultural Show and my five friends and I were getting ready for our Hmong dance performance that night.

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