Peter Tran

Peter Tran

I'm a high school student with nonverbal autism. Check out my my book of poetry, "My World As a Poem," at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1544634110/
Opinion: Rebuttal to myself — View on the border wall

Opinion: Rebuttal to myself — View on the border wall

I wrote an opinion piece after President Trump's State of the Union address last year, in which I suggested trying to make legal entry to the U.S. more feasible and then seeing if the numbers of illegal crossings decline before concluding that a wall is necessary....

Fighting for the right to communicate at Cal-Tash 2019

Fighting for the right to communicate at Cal-Tash 2019

You might ask me, "So what did you do this weekend with your friends?" You might expect a cool answer like going to a ballgame, music concert, or movie. But I would like to tell you about how last March, I went to Cal-Tash 2019, a disabilities rights conference in San...

Unwinding my senses at Descanso Gardens

Unwinding my senses at Descanso Gardens

The bell rings. The sound pierces my ears with its shrill clamor. I close my eyes and bury my head in my arms folded on the desk as hordes of students scrape their chairs back, arise from their seats, slam books shut, and zip up backpacks. I have autism with sound...

Walking with an Old Friend

Walking with an Old Friend

Slight frame, sweet smile- big under your hat, Gentle spirit of love, You knew me since I was a baby. Bringing boxes of sweet hot pastries every Easter That you waited in line for for hours at crowded Portos, A bright red hong bao from you every Xin Nian with crisp...

Poem: Wildflower Trail at Diamond Valley Lake, Hemet

Poem: Wildflower Trail at Diamond Valley Lake, Hemet

A still blue lake nestles among the knees Of green rolling hills stretching as far as the eye can see, Carpeted with a tapestry of California goldmine and poppies, Purple lupine, Canterbury bells, and baby blue eyes. An occasional painted lady flutters by. The sun...

Walking with an Old Friend

Opinion: Balance Point for Abortion

In a February Wall Street Journal commentary on New York's recently passed Reproductive Health Act which allows late trimester abortion, Cardinal Timothy Nolan called attention to parallels with the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision of 1857. In that decision, the...

My experience at the HS Insider Winter IRL

My experience at the HS Insider Winter IRL

Last Saturday, I attended the Winter IRL event for high school journalists who write for the LA Times HS Insider. It was a bit daunting driving up to their big building near the airport with the huge LA Times sign on top and having my name checked off a list at two...

My experience at the OneLifeLA March

My experience at the OneLifeLA March

I've never been on a protest march before, but I bet the one I am attending today is a little unusual. I see little kids in strollers, seniors pushing four-wheeled walkers, perspiring retirees carrying Knights of Columbus banners, and a group of Hispanic teenaged boys...