Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Marine Science


College of Science

First Advisor

Dan Albergotti


While reflecting on my poetry chapbook, Blooming Lotus, I ask myself what I was trying to accomplish by creating the chapbook. I have always been interested in my East Asian culture, but growing up as an Asian American has resulted in some ignorance in regards to the topic. I wanted to explore more of my own heritage through the creation of this chapbook by writing poems inspired by East Asian culture. Not only did I want to expose myself to East Asian culture but I also wanted to expose my readers to it as well. Most of my poems required research, which mostly was through the internet but I was able to reach out to my parents and relatives to share their personal stories with me. I enjoyed being able to learn about my family's background as they were immigrants during the Vietnam War and enjoyed being able to hear all the stories that have been passed down from generations. I feel that I was able to learn more about my culture through this chapbook and able to portray it to others as well through my writing.