If biracial and multiracial celebrities have anything in common, it is that they are often asked to explain themselves. That may sound familiar to any person of mixed ancestry for whom questions like “What are you?” and the slightly more delicate “Where are your parents from?” are the norm.
"I’ve spoken to a lot of audiences of biracial people, and I’ve met a lot of young people who were really confused about their identity. I tell them, ‘You owe it to yourself to figure out who you are and know who you are, but you don’t owe it to anyone else to explain it or defend it.’”
My mother’s from Korea, my father is from Jamaica; I’m from London.
Black, asian & white.
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There are no rules on how you identify! If you are able to explore your family heritage by all means do so. For me, I identify most with my parents and grandparents heritage because I’ve had immediate access to their cultural knowledge growing up.
It took a long time for me to gain pride in being mixed. I grew up wanting to be like my friends, who were predominantly white. My brother, at the age of three, used to tell people that he was “Amurrican”, emphasizing his rural accent so strangers might pay more attention to nationality rather than the slant of his eyes. Even though the local Chinese community was much more accepting, Chinese school was a struggle; both of us sullen and bored and overly aware of being the “most white” kids there.
And yet, we came from a very diverse, tolerant area. The fact that I wasn’t comfortable with my identity until high school is just a testimonial to the strength of will people of mixed race need to maintain, whether their community is open or not. I am so grateful that I learned to embrace my ancestry, and truly hope that everyone else will be able to also.
Being mixed is beautiful. “What are you?” is not an insult, it is a point of pride. At this point in time, slurs like “mutt” and “half-breed” are compliments to me. Yes, I am mixed. Thank you for noticing.
My name is Anna, and I am half Taiwanese and half Caucasian. Find me at thefoxinthebranches.tumblr.com
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my mom is filipina and my dad is french canadian… my grandfather on my dad’s side was adopted but we think he was part native american.