Culture

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 […]

Cross-Cultural Influences in the Evolution of Music

Oftentimes, we take for granted many of the things in our world that would have never even existed if it wasn’t for the mixing of diverse cultures. Music is universal and it is an art form that has evolved so much over the years precisely because of the influence of cross-cultural exchanges. Let’s take Salsa, […]

Mixed Nation Inspiration: Jasmine and Grandma

“Hey Mixed Nation, I’m a local singer, rapper, and DJ…I am half white, half black and I love being mixed (I think it shows in my music). I was the first mixed child in my family, this is a pic of me and my grams. She was very upset with my mother for marrying a […]

CAUBLINASIAN

Tiger made this term famous when he used it to describe his mixed ethnicity. A simple term made up by mixing Caucasian, black, Indian, and Asian into one word caused a huge debate. More than 15 years after Tiger mentioned the term on Oprah, I am still asked if I’m one of those guys who […]

Zendaya: No Dread in Her Locs

Who did my 10-year-old see when Zendaya walked the red carpet at the Oscars? A modern day Disney “princess” from one of his favorite shows.  I could tell from his crooked little smile, he thought she was pretty…in the way 10-year-old boys try not to acknowledge. Who did I see poised for the paparazzi? An […]

We Are Ali

On Friday, June 3, 2016, the world lost a great humanitarian, millions lost a lifelong hero, my city lost a beloved son, and I feel like I lost a member of my family. Muhammad Ali fought his last battle; and he won. I was at a fundraiser for a local, Christian nonprofit in the Muhammad […]

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 […]

I AM ME

A Few days ago I attended an event for the Black Community at my school. I took a photo with some black friends along with another multiracial women. The women insisted that the photographer do his best not to make her look “too light”. After taking the photo it was pointed out that she wasn’t […]

We Are One: Tour and Documentary

I am blessed. I spend time with the wonderful staff of Mixed Nation every week. Luke, Michelle, Antecia, and Lai-Ling are dedicated, smart, thoughtful and hilarious colleagues and to spend time with them traveling the country to meet the Mixed Nation family would be a dream come true. But this tour isn’t about me or […]

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