I racially identify as … biracial. If I’m being honest, I feel like I identify more with my Caucasian side because I’ve grown up predominantly in the Western world and am not very close with my Chinese side of the family. I strive to make up for this as much as I can, as I want to recognize both sides of my heritage as much as possible.
When people ask me the question “what are you?” I usually say … My dad is from Hong Kong, but Shanghainese background, and my mom is Anglo-Saxon - specifically British, German, Irish, and Scottish.
My favorite thing about being mixed is … being different. I have a lot of pride in being two different cultures because it’s one of the most defining things that sets me apart and makes me instantly more interesting. The best thing about being half Asian and half Caucasian is being a physical representation of the beauty (literally and figuratively) when two different cultures come together.
The most difficult thing about being mixed is … having to define “what I am.” At one point in my life I really struggled with my identity. I was told I wasn’t “Chinese enough” and was “white washed,” which was hurtful. There’s no set definition of what being “mixed” should look like or what being “Chinese enough” means. As much as I love being different and standing out because I’m biracial, it can definitely be hard at times. I feel like I always need to tell people what my background is. I understand they’re interested or curious, but what gives them the right to feel like they deserve to know this personal information, especially when I barely know someone?
If I could visit anywhere in the world, it would be … Egypt. It has been a long time dream to see the pyramids. I love traveling and it’s definitely a huge part of who I am.
If I had one day left on Earth, I would eat … a spicy buffalo chicken wrap. Even better if it’s from The Wave, the on-campus restaurant at my former university. They make the BEST buff wraps I’ve ever tasted!