Many refugees, just like Ha, has to experience the struggles of discrimination which cause them to feel inside out. Religious discrimination plays a major role in an immigrant's struggle to fit in. In Ha’s situation, “‘...faster faster but not fast enough to hear them scream “Boo-Da Boo-Da’” (Lai, 206). Ha gets discriminated against her religion by some of the students in her class. The author choose to include the religious discrimination because it is a major part in the process of trying to fit in as a young refugee. Ha is afraid and she is running away. Many refugees are scared to go outside or to school because of discrimination, such as, “The pink boy and two loud friends follow me home. I count each step to walk faster” (Lai, 147).