Mixed Girl | The Tag

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What are you mixed with?
I'm Jamaican Vietnamese. My mum is Vietnamese and my dad is Jamaican. Actually, I found out this summer that I'm Chinese. Yeah. Mind blown! Only took 20 - something years in the dark! My grandparents escaped war from China to Vietnam first, but then adopted some Vietnamese culture before arriving in Wales. So urmmm, learning mandarin now haha.

What ethnicity have you often been mistaken for?
Oh man so many! A lot of people think I'm "Some kind of Filipino?" Or Hispanic, African, Indian, Indonesian, Thai.. There's only been a few people who have ever hit the nail on the head and that's a rare occasion. Most of the time, people are like "Ah, yeah! I knew you were some kind of Asian!" Did you??

Is your hair curly or straight?
My hair is so damn curly. It literally has a life of it's own. If you have curly hair, you'll know what I'm talking about. How high maintenance is it?! It demands to be pampered!



Was coming from different backgrounds challenging growing up?
Yes and no. I grew up with my Asian side and little to no contact with my Jamaican. I never really thought much about it, not that we didn't speak about it. I just didn't concern myself with it. I considered myself Asian, as did my family and I always spoke Vietnamese. The children in school saw me that way too. The hardest thing for me was understanding where I fitted in, the Asian kids (that weren't family) didn't want to play with me. But neither did the black kids.


Have you ever been teased for being different?
I got a lot of racist comments and I used to get treated differently. Growing up I got called Nigger and Chinky.  I got served Pepsi from a different bottle to all the other girls at parties. People threw stuff at me and used to sing halfer songs to me too.

Have you ever been ashamed of being multi-racial?
I used to struggle with being black. I couldn't identify with it as I only knew the culture from media and music. When I began to embrace it and look into it for myself it got so much better. Just understanding a little more heritage, cuisine and culture. Then I began to lose my Asian side, now I think I'm getting the balance. As in, I'm just happy being me. I love being mixed.



Do you feel that being mixed has it's benefits?
Yes of course! When I was younger and neither kids wanted to hang out with me, I hung around with the white kids. Now I feel like I can relate to so many different groups of people and get to experience so much culture. It's really helped me to pick up languages too.

What makes being multiracial a beautiful thing?
Being a physical symbol that people of any race can come together, find commonalities and fall in love. Literally, nearly every time "Wow, that's quite an unusual mix." People are genuinely shocked when I tell them. As I'm sure most other halfers could tell you!

Any advice for someone who struggles with their multiracial identity?
There's nothing to be ashamed of. You are beautiful no matter what your 'classed' as. We're just people. It's such a small world now and mixing more and more. Take on any identity you wish, tick the 'other box' and just be you.


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