A fun fact about me is … I was in the Peace Corps in Malawi, Africa as a health worker from 1997-1999.
I racially identify as … Filipino and Caucasian.
When people ask me the question “what are you?” I usually say … My mom is Filipino, Chinese and Spanish, and my dad was a tall white guy, just kidding…he was French, German and Welsh, and terribly handsome.
My favorite thing about being mixed is … I blend in everywhere! Every place I've traveled people consider me a native born. They spoke Portuguese to me in Mozambique, Japanese in Japan, Spanish in Mexico.
The most difficult thing about being mixed is … Filipino Americans not believing I’m Filipino enough, even though I lived in the Philippines as a child. I’ve been there over 25 times, often spending my entire summer vacation at my grandmother’s house in Manila and more recently bringing my own kids there last year to experience their heritage first hand. I know my way around Filipino cuisine and can cook a mean adobo, too.
If I could visit anywhere in the world, it would be … The Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.
If I had one day left on Earth, I would eat … Biko, made by our yaya in the Philippines who raised all of the cousins. It’s sweet rice cooked in coconut milk and brown sugar, then topped with brown curds of coconut milk.
When I was a kid, I wish I would have known that … It’s great to be different and interesting looking. I grew up on a Navy base in Japan and in Hawaii where EVERYONE is mixed race, but when I got to college in San Diego, I felt like I didn’t look like anyone, and felt surrounded by a sea of blonde girls. It took me a few years to really feel like my own person, to feel confident, and beautiful.