Adam Putra and Melanie Avellaneda walk on a sidewalk with the New Haven skyline in the background. Adam holds a dog on a leash. Melanie pushes a stroller. They are both wearing sneakers, sweatpants and t-shirts.

Adam Putra takes a walk with his girlfriend, Melanie Avellaneda, 18, and her dog, Maki, at East Rock Park in New Haven in May 2023. When Putra was a teenager, he hid that his family was from Indonesia, because he felt many other students weren’t aware of Indonesia and looked down upon the Asian culture. Yehyun Kim / CT Mirror