Personal Stories

The Race Card Project Resonates With Six Simple Words

Have you ever wanted to share your personal experiences with racism or educate others about your cultural identity, but weren’t quite sure how to do it? Do you think you could challenge yourself by expressing these thoughts in six simple words? Now you can, thanks to The Race Card Project. The Race Card Project was […]

Growing Up Multiracial in Nevada

Reno, Nevada is not a town typically known for its tolerance of diversity. In the 1960s, Nevada was known as the “Mississippi of the West” because of several racist policies. Even now, Reno’s majority demographic is white, followed by a growing Hispanic community. For me, as a Puerto Rican-Italian-Basque mix, it’s always been tough to […]

Language Lessons

Language and culture cannot be separated. Language is vital to understanding our unique cultural perspectives. Language is a tool that is used to explore and experience our cultures and the perspectives that are embedded in our cultures. – Buffy Sainte-Marie, speaking at the Mashantucket Language Conference February, 2006. Almost every time I go back to […]

Memorable Multicultural Musicians of the ‘90s

If there’s one thing that is equally appreciated and celebrated by all cultures, it is music. Music defies gender, skin color and race, and it brings people together in a beautiful and harmonious way. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “Music is the universal language of mankind,” and I’d have to agree with him. We’ve all at […]

Q&A with Nathalie Huerta, Owner of the Only LGBT Gym in the Nation

Interview with Nathalie Huerta, founder and owner of The Perfect Sidekick, the only LGBT gym in the nation, located in Oakland, CA. Mixed Nation: What made you passionate about starting a LGBT gym in Oakland, CA? Nathalie: Well, the LGBT part happened because I got tired of feeling weird going to the gym. For example, if […]

Mixed Up Clothing Q&A

We had the amazing opportunity to ask Sonia N Kang, the founder of Mixed Up Clothing, a few questions about her fantastic company! Mixed Nation: What inspired you to create Mixed Up Clothing? Sonia: Since my childhood days I have been sewing, designing and upcycling fashion for friends and family. I was born in Puerto Rico, raised in Hawaii before coming to […]

Raising Confident Hapa Kids

“Your kids are so beautiful!” “Is their father white?” “Look at that wavy hair.” “She has Chinky eyes.” Those are just a few of the comments parents of hapa kids hear everyday. The phrase hapa haole is Hawaiian slang meaning half-white. Nowadays, the term hapa is used by many Asian Americans as an affectionate term […]

Represent the Skin You’re In

There are many things in life we get to choose. We pick who our friends are, what jobs we take, who we marry, where we live, and numerous other things. But one thing we don’t choose is the color of our skin. Since we don’t pick how light or how dark the pigment of our […]

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