A fun fact about me is … I have three younger siblings, all multiracial, just like you and me :)
I racially identify as … multiracial or American
When people ask me the question “what are you?” I usually say … Depends on my mood. “A human,” “take a guess,” or “American” are my three most frequented answers. Then I wait for them to follow up; they either are apologetic and they clarify what they “meant to say,” they guess and we make light of it, or they get frustrated and let it go.
My favorite thing about being mixed is … the opportunity to see life from a variety of perspectives. I believe being mixed has led me to be more empathetic in nature and be able to evaluate situations with alternative perspectives from that of my own in mind. It has also led me to learn about cuisine from two very different parts of the world — yum!
The most difficult thing about being mixed is … dealing with exotification — it can be offensive.
If I could visit anywhere in the world, it would be … Korea!
If I had one day left on Earth, I would eat … mac and cheese
When I was a kid, I wish I would have known that … There are many others like me out there in this world! It’s okay to live between two cultures and never be “fully accepted” by one or the other, or both. We all feel like we don’t fit into certain molds or groups. It just takes time to grow up, to meet other mixed people, and to share that conversation thread of a struggle for identity and belonging. Patience and an open mind will be a big contributor to furthering education about how people can talk about race and ethnicity. Anger doesn’t help the situation. Joking or making light of the situation can work well. Don’t tell people that they’re making you feel a certain way, show them. That’s why I love to answer the “what are you?” question with “human” — because we all are, and we should treat each other accordingly.