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As a child, I was aware of being mixed from a very young age. On the surface, I knew that my parents communicated in English, while my mom spoke with her family and friends in Mandarin. I knew that my family was different than others, but I wasn’t too bothered by it. That was until the day someone asked me at school what I was and when I told him, he exclaimed “no wonder you look so weird!”. When you’re young, you want nothing more than to fit in, but instead I was left feeling strange and humiliated. That uneasiness is something that stayed with me for a long time.
However, as I grew older and started to focus on learning more about my heritage, my mindset changed. I began to embrace Chinese culture and eventually learned to take pride in my family’s history when I realized all that my mother’s family had been through.
Today, I think being mixed is a gift. It has given me the unique ability to see situations from other points of view and to be a part of discussions where the very different cultures of my background come together. Mixed race people are the people of the future and we have the opportunity and an obligation to bridge the divide between cultures and race. I believe that by sharing our stories and being a part of the conversation, we can help create change. ────────────────────