“What is Your Race? Choose One.”
Growing up, I always felt like I needed to choose one side or the other when it came to my race. Being both Japanese and white, I never felt like I was enough for either. I still to this day get asked almost every single day — by complete strangers — "what are you?" At times it feels as if I am in a never-ending state of questioning my identity and I will never be able to realize self-acceptance.
However, it is extremely important to recognize that there is so much privilege that comes with being part white. I don’t at all have the same experience as somebody who is full Japanese — nor as somebody who is full white. Being mixed brings its own experiences in and of itself and that is still something that I am just beginning to process. I wanted to share a look into my subconscious and this constant struggle for validity in my identity.