A fun fact about me is … I was the only girl on all boys hockey team, which I played on for two years.
I racially identify as … I identify as Mixed! When I am asked on job applications I usually check the Hispanic, Asian, And Pacific Islander box if they are available.
When people ask me the question “what are you?” I usually say … I usually ask the person if they have time. Since I’m not just from one place or have one single root I’m required to explain my diverse upbringing and mixed race if I’m to be honest about “what I am.” The short answer I give people is that I am Canadian-American with Filipino and Chilean roots.
My favorite thing about being mixed is … Wow, there are so many things I love and appreciate about being of mixed race! I love being able to speak and understand multiple languages. I love that I’m able to see the world through multiple lenses. I think this quality helps me become a more tolerable and understanding person. Thus, I often see myself as a bridge between people and groups, a facilitator of peace and understanding. I also love all the different foods I grew up with! I have such a diverse pallet I can eat anything anywhere without difficulty. All of these things allows me to appreciate the world and enjoy life in a unique way.
The most difficult thing about being mixed is … It was difficult in middle and high school because I didn’t feel like I was enough of either race to belong to a group. Even now as an adult I sometimes feel like I don’t belong.
If I could visit anywhere in the world, it would be … Iceland. I’m a city girl and as I get older I seem to be attracted to places with more nature.
If I had one day left on Earth, I would eat … a spicy Indian dish like Tikka Masala. It’s one of my favorite cuisines!
When I was a kid, I wish I would have known that … the most important thing about being a human being is not your race, skin color, or where you live, but what you do as a person. When I grew up I learned that the most important thing about a person is how they contribute to the world. Do you treat people nicely? Are you mindful of others, animals, and the environment? At the end of the day, people wont remember you for what you are but they will remember you for what you did and how you make people around you feel.
Being a person of mixed race is a gift! Use your gift to help people understand and make the world a better place. You might not know it yet but one of your strengths is connecting people and promoting peace in the world.