Narratives and stories by OG AAPI writers such as Maxine Hong Kingston and Amy Tan have made immigration experiences more accessible to those who do not have lived experiences immigrating to different parts of the world. Stories have a unique way of transcribing family histories and weaving them together in order to create a clearly defined connection between each generation and their shared patterns. It is through these patterns and relationships that we better understand humanity’s similarities and reveal the core traits that we share despite our differences. To truly connect, empathize deeply and put aside differences, it’s important to relate to one another through shared experiences that are fundamental to the human experience. Often the manifestation of events might seemingly look different, but when we dig deeper they’re really more similar than different.