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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 […]

Why I Teach My Kids About Race

Imagine being approached and asked, “Why are you white and your kids are brown?” That’s exactly what a child said to someone I know. We talked about our experiences dealing with children who appear shocked by our mixed families. They don’t understand why we are all different shades. I’m not at all insulted by their […]

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 […]

Thoughts on Raising a Biracial Child

The first time I found out that my husband and I would be expecting our first child I was so overjoyed. I had always dreamed of becoming a mom. With excitement came fear – I worried how my child would be treated by society. Would he or she be forced to pick one race over […]

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