“Sometimes you feel like you have to protect them from the things that they don’t understand,”
she said of immigrant parents.
Constance Wu got raw about the experience so many children of immigrants share.
The actress, who’s in the upcoming movie “Hustlers,” sat down with “The Off Camera Show” and recounted a childhood memory in which a teacher wrongly accused her of plagiarism while she was in middle school. Though the experience deeply affected her, she explained that she never told her parents for a reason that may sound familiar to many from immigrant families.
“There’s this weird thing that happens with kids of immigrants,” Wu said. “In a strange way, sometimes you feel like you have to protect them from the things that they don’t understand.”
Wu explained on the show that a teacher believed she had copied the paper, telling her that she “was not good enough to have written this.”
“The truth wasn’t enough,” the actor said.
The instructor then looked up all of Wu’s sources and later brought the student up to her other teachers to question whether they felt her capable of producing such writing. The only teacher who said, with conviction, that Wu was “good enough” to have written the paper was her drama teacher.