Biracial Portraits

Woman born in 1959
Self-Identification: Korean, African American, Native American, European American
Father's Racial Identity: African American, Native American, European American
Mother's Racial Identity: Asian (Korean)

Today I feel most of the time I'm proud of who I am. I feel good about who I am...All my life I've had different and diverse groups of friends and not had just one perspective on things. So I's an asset, because I'm open to these differences. And it's interesting, people who are mixed--we seem to bump into each other and cross paths and we seem to gravitate towards each other. So I think of [my multiracial heritage] as an asset. Although sometimes I feel that people who are just one race and one culture--I don't know if it's easier, but sometimes I feel...[I'd like] not to switch back and forth, because I'm just moving in a lot of different circles. I don't think that it's bad but sometimes maybe it would be easier...

When I was younger, I used to wish more that I was just one [race], because then you could say that's what you are. And I think that I used to feel that if I just said that I was Black, then I was denying the Korean side. And then if I said that I was Korean, I was denying the other side. I remember being in Korea and Korean people saying "What are you--Korean or American?" And then as I grew more aware of the fact that a lot of Black people have different heritages, I just felt why not embrace everything.

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