So...What Am I, Anyway?

I remember the first time I was confused about my race. I was 10 years old and in the fourth grade. The source of my bewilderment was the "Race/Ethnicity" question on a standardized test, back in the day before they allowed you to choose more than one and before they included a "multiracial or biracial" box. I scanned the options before me—“Black/African American,” “White/Caucasian,” “Hispanic,” and “Asian/Pacific Islander”—“none of these seem like me,” I thought to myself. Puzzled, I turned to my teacher and asked her which bubble I should fill in. She said, “Asian.”...more
Growing up, I always checked "Black" & (to my recollection) it was never an issue because my ...more

Applying to College: Don’t Check Asian. Or Do?

How the Model Minority Myth is Driving Some College Applicants to Hide Their Ethnicity An article published by the Associated Press this weekend highlighted a growing problem among students applying to college: potential discrimination against Asian American applying to elite universities. In particular, Hapa -- or Asian mixed-race -- applicants face the dilemma of whether or not to acknowledge their racial makeup....more
Great post. The Asian kids we know are now repackaging themselves as purple-haired independent ...more

Multiracial with blue eyes/blond hair - some think it's impossible

So as I was browsing for some information for my next blog post, and I came across something interesting. I saw a question posted on Yahoo Answers and it stated,"A hapa with blue eyes? Or are they fake (contacts)"...more

Multiracial Population Grows, Giving Birth to New Hapa Identity

From BlogHer   The author and her family, photo by Jocelyn Lai   When the results of the 2010 Census came in, the numbers of people identifying themselves as “Multiracial” grew by 50% from the 2000 Census, the first time that people could check more than one box for race.  It confirmed what I already suspected, having given birth to two of those multiracial individuals myself. ...more
I am so happy to see this topic going mainstream in the land that is "blogdom". My husband's ...more

Happy Girls' Day

March 3rd is Girls' Day in Japan. It is a day to celebrate your little girls and wish them happiness and growth for the coming year. You can read more about it here and here. Every year, the girls' Nana buys them each a hina, a princess doll, that we display in the house. The traditional dolls are porcelain and wear beautiful kimonos. They are displayed in enormous glass cases....more

Blogging While Brown July 25-27, 2008 Atlanta, GA

I hadn't heard of this conference.  I won't be able to attend this year but have sent the ...more

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