I racially identify as … Asian, since I was born and grew up in the Philippines for 24 years before I moved to New York.
When people ask me the question “what are you?” I usually say … I'm Filipino or Asian. I'm brown. I've been asked many times how I could identify myself as Asian, especially by Filipinos, since my skin is white and hair is blonde. People have this doubtful expression on their faces when I tell them I'm Asian. They only believe me when I am able to talk to them in Tagalog, the major language in the Philippines. It's true, I don't look like a typical Filipino, but looks are deceiving.
My favorite thing about being mixed is … I truly enjoy being different, not being your typical white American, and being part of a mixed group.
The most difficult thing about being mixed is … there are times when I'm made to feel like I don't belong.
If I could visit anywhere in the world, it would be … Asia, countries with warm climates.
If I had one day left on Earth, I would eat … roasted pig with crispy skin.
When I was a kid, I wish I would have known that … you should identify yourself as who you are. It may be difficult at times since racial discrimination does exist in favor of white people, but you are what you are. Be proud.