Frances Fu


Why Asian Americans Should Fight to End the Drug War

When I was 17, I told my mom that I had tried cannabis.

Cannabis was a completely foreign substance to my parents. In common use of the Chinese language, using cannabis and other drugs is known -- in precise translation -- as “inhaling poison.” The idea that their daughter would be “inhaling poison” was so unfathomable that my parents could not have dreamed I was smoking cannabis unless I told them.