All of the Above

Contradictions curiously click together like puzzle pieces…   Your strengths assist my weaknesses and vice versa, my strengths assist yours… Childhood trauma meets childhood trauma, sitting together, staring at the mountains of scar tissue to sift through, and cautiously, our fingers tip-toe, tip-toe towards each other to nervously hold hands…   We strap our feet […]

The Hawaiian Origins of Surfing

When I was growing up, I assumed surfing was a White people sport. All the images I saw on mainstream media perpetuated this mistaken assumption. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-20s that I learned about how surfing originated in Hawaii and that discovery only came about because I had a summer job in […]

The Art of Choosing a Name

Living as a multiracial person has its challenges. Most of us write about our experiences with the many cultures that define us, or how others react to our racial and ethnic makeup. But there is one thing we may not ordinarily think about that is very important to people of multiple races — our names. […]

How I Learned to Love My Distinct Asian Features

Although I am only half Asian, I’ve always looked more like my Korean mother than my white father. I’m definitely not complaining because my mother is 68-years-old and looks like she could easily pass for 40. She’s a beautiful, strong, single Korean mother who is my real-life superhero, and I’m proud to be a product […]

Would you change your appearance to look like another race?

People would sometimes ask me if I’m part Asian. I’ll usually respond by saying, “Somewhere down the line.” My slanted eyes are a dead giveaway. I used to feel self conscious about them. Whenever I laughed they’d become more pronounced. There was the occasional annoying class clown who would slant his eyes by using his […]

War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art

Chicago painter and professor Laura Kina has been busy curating the multiracial Asian American experience in words, images, and video. Together with professor Wei Ming Dariotis, Kina has put together a multimedia exhibit at Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific Experience titled War Baby/Love Child that looks at the experience of mixed-race Asian […]

The Paradox Culture of Social Media

Do you ever wonder why “social media” was entitled that since it seems that some people only use it to sit in front of their computer and post diary-like entries without ever going to any of the events they are invited to or ever “liking” anyone else’s posts, pictures, or comments? On the other hand, […]

I Hope My Daughter Doesn’t Straighten Her Hair

Every day I style my daughter, Princess’s hair and I admire her beautiful curls. “Do you want a ponytail, braids, or curls?” I ask. “Curls,” she usually responds. Princess rarely wants to wear her hair any other way. I always tell her to love her curls and she clearly does. But I know there will […]

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