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21 Feelings All Mixed-Race People Know

It ain't easy being the face of the future.

1. Confusion, when someone says they want to marry within their race.

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You realize that's... racist... right?

2. Excitement, when you get to travel to another part of the world to visit your relatives.

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Time to go to the Philippines!!!

3. Pride, for multiple teams during the Olympics.

Go Germany. Go India. Go Nigeria. Can't lose!

4. Frustration, whenever someone asks "Where are you from?" or "No, really, where are you from?" or "What are you?"


I dunno, bro, what are you? Besides oblivious.

5. Irritation, when others assume you're just one thing or another.

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I will not be reduced!

6. Ambivalence, about the term "halfie."

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You feel pretty damn whole.

7. Awe, when you realize the incredible stories and rich histories that led to your existence.

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If Britain hadn't colonized the Caribbean and the Chinese hadn't traveled to the West Indies and Grandpa hadn't met Grandma at a Korean church in Miami... would I EXIST?

8. Exhaustion, when you get racially-charged catcalls or come-ons.

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"You're curvy for an Asian" is not a good start.

9. Certainty, that in a hundred years most of us will be "mixed" anyway.

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Watch out, purists.

10. Unamused, when people play an unsolicited round of "Guess Your Ethnicity."

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"Thai? Caribbean? Japanese? Pakistani?" Honestly, all of those sound delicious -- take-out's on you, right?

11. Disbelief, when someone treats you like you're not "Asian enough," "black enough," "white enough," "Hispanic enough," "Indian enough..."

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They're just jealous.

12. Anticipation, for getting to share so many different cultures with your kids someday.

They're in for an awesome, diverse upbringing.

13. Gratitude, for getting to experience two or three or five different cultures growing up.

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You learned traditional Japanese dance and you read Hebrew.

14. Stunned, when you're out with one parent and someone asks if you're adopted.

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Um, rude.

15. Hunger, for a variety of delicious cuisines from around the globe.

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Family gatherings are literally the definition of "fusion food."

16. Ticked off, when others think they can decide whether or not you are a "person of color."

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Yeah, no. That's not their call.

17. Joy, when you get to talk about your culture.

Because you love being multicultural, and it's nice when you get to talk about it in a context other than explaining your existence (see #4).

18. Uncertainty, during Doppleganger Week.

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Who do I look like?

19. Annoyance, when a standardized test asks you to "select only one ethnicity."

Seriously? What is this, a purebred sorting hat? Why "just one"?!

20. Indifference, to any haters.

You keep hating. We'll just be out here, living in the beautiful quadruple-racial future.

21. Confidence, when someone tells you how beautiful mixed kids are.

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Thumbs down if you're fetishizing me, but two big thumbs up if you're appreciating the undeniable beauty of multiculturalism.

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