Being mixed is a part of my identity that I embrace. But it wasn’t always this way. As much as I believed to be unaffected by my skin color and where my parents were from, it did shape the way I looked out at the world and also how the world looked at me.
I soon realized that growing up as a person of color sheds a different lens on your life. Whether or not it is obvious, judgment is placed on all people. It is human nature to find a way to identify with one another – to connect with one another.
For mixed people, this can be a unique experience. Because you do not fit within one culture or the other specifically, you somehow remain on the outside of those cultures. Furthermore, while being a Canadian is what my nationality is, Canada is a country that encourages its citizens to embrace its multiculturalism as its identity. So it gets confusing.
Now that I’m older, I’ve learned how important it is to understand your roots and your heritage. It is only with understanding our history can we move into the future.
In my latest podcast, I speak with Jo who is also of mixed race. We bond and discuss our experiences growing up mixed and oddly enough have had very different perspectives on being mixed:
Are you mixed? Have you had similar experiences? Sound off in the comments below!