A fun fact about me is … I sometimes eat Nutella by the spoonful. Don't tell anyone.
I racially identify as … I tend not to racially identify because I consider my “mixedness” to be rooted in different nationalities and cultures rather than races, which is just a reflection of perceived "color" rather than actual heritage. I also live in a place where the accent is placed more on nationality, rather than race. If I were in a situation in which my mixedness needed to be defined by race, I would describe myself as half-Asian, half-white.
When people ask me the question “what are you?” I usually say …. that my mother is Chinese and that my father is Belgian.
My favorite thing about being mixed is …. emotionally connecting with multiple cultures, which opens up a wider range of perspectives.
The most difficult thing about being mixed is …. you are always, inevitably, viewed as the “other” — the white(r) girl in Chinese circles, the Chinese one in white ones.
If I could visit anywhere in the world, it would be …. it's grey and rainy right now, so a beach somewhere would be nice.
If I had one day left on Earth, I would eat … all the ice cream I could get my hands on. Yippee!
When I was a kid, I wish I would have known that …. there’s no need to insert yourself into neat, little categories. Maybe it’s tough now, but you will see that the world is becoming increasingly like you. So just express yourself in a way that makes you comfortable and reflects who you are. People who are truly interested will take the time to listen; if they don’t, then they’re not worth your time, anyway.
(Artwork by Lauren YS)