Tani Mitsui Brown

Tani Mitsui Brown is a Fulbright Fellow currently carrying out her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Vietnam during the 2013-2014 academic year. She is a 2010 graduate of Princeton University where she studied Religion and African-American Studies and captained the Women's Varsity Basketball Team. Tani is also a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post College section. Tani's family resides in Southern California, where she first learned how to play basketball with the Venice Rockets.

Updated October 2013 

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A Hapa Girl In Vietnam

I’m currently carrying out a Fulbright English Teaching Fellowship in Northern Vietnam. When I sit down to meals with my students, they are always surprised at my skill with chopsticks. I try to explain to them in broken Vietnamese: cha tôi là người Mỹ gốc Phi, mẹ tôi là Mỹ gốc Nhật. My father is African-American. My mother is Japanese-American. I’ve been using chopsticks since the day I was born. This always draws a wide-eyed smile of exhilaration across my student’s faces, as if I’ve shared some great secret with them. In some ways I have...

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