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Balancing My Opposite Identities

A few weeks ago I was asked to describe myself in one word. Without hesitation I said “whasian,” which is a combination of the words “white + Asian.” I said this because my father is white and my mother is Korean, and I’ve always felt that I’m the exact mix of my very culturally different […]

5 Times When My Mixed Race Mixed Up Other People

If you have a mixed race background like I do, there’s a high probably that at some point in your life you have been mistaken for just one of those races, or a completely different race. Or that someone made an assumption about your race that was totally because of a stereotype. I know this […]

My Korean Mother is My Real Life Superhero

I’ve been a fan of superheroes ever since I picked up my first comic book in the early ‘80s. I loved watching Christopher Reeve play Superman on the big screen, and thought that Christian Bale’s version of Batman was one of the best to date. I even started writing for a website, The Nerds of […]

Prejudice and Pride: Coming to Grips with My Family Heritage

When I was younger, my brother and I would fly from Virginia to Oklahoma to visit my grandparents for summer vacation. They lived in a small town that had one stoplight, one grocery store and a single Wal-Mart that was over three miles away. We would pass our time fishing, camping and going to church, […]

12 Images of Hapas Who Love Being Mixed Race

Have you ever heard the term “hapa” before? I encountered the term firsthand in Hawaii two years ago as I was paying at a register. The native Hawaiian cashier said, “Are you hapa? You look mixed.” I was intrigued to learn more about the origin and use of the term, so I looked it up […]

The Healing Power of Hip Hop in My Life

Legendary rapper and beatboxer Doug E. Fresh once said, “Hip-hop is supposed to uplift and create, to educate people on a larger level and to make a change.” I couldn’t agree more. I’ve listened to hip hop music since I was a kid in the ‘80s. It has been a positive force in my life […]

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 […]

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