mecha_bunner

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    • Being a Mixed-Race Product: The Script

      5 years ago

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      So this is part of a video project for school I'm working on. This is the script for it. I also posted it on my tumblr account. But I would love to get some feed back.


      It's amazing how much we use the phrase 'never judge a book by its cover', when that's exactly what we do. We rely on first appearances and impressions to form a generalization in order to dictate how we approach each other. Think about it, we judge people based on how they look constantly; when interviewing for a job we dress to fit a part, when going on a blind date we try to look nice while simultaneously judging the other person to determine if they're worthy of the second date, we judge appearances constantly.
      So it really isn't much of a surprise when people come up to me and ask, "I'm sorry, but I'm really curious, are you Chinese/Japanese?' or "Where did you come from?' or the best one, "What are you?'
      And it'd be fine if the questions were left at that. But the conversation continues.
      With something to do with how much they love Chinese food or some attempt and displaying a worldly view. Which always made me laugh because the sad truth is I'm just as clueless when it come to Korean culture. Because my biological mother who was not from this country divorced my American father and left me when I was 4 and I haven't had contact with her since. While I enjoy learning about other cultures, and I really love to learn about Korean Culture, I learned from an outsider's perspective. But I still took the identity of being 'Asian' amongst my peers as a child and adolescent because it was really all I could cling to associate myself with whatever my mother was. I didn't know much about her, except that she was a good cook, she liked to sew and draw, her name (is Jin), and that she's Korean. This self -imposed dualism that really doesn't make any sense. Being mixed race isn't uncommon. In fact, the 2010 US census, there was an increased 32% growth rate in people who reported being 'Mixed'. And there are plenty of people who are adopted who probably face similar questions about fitting in. But I still didn't feel like I fit in.
      I had an experience over 8 months ago that made me think about how I thought of my heritage. I was at a grocery store with my father, picking up supplies for dinner. I decided to get some coffee so I walked up to the Starbucks stand, ordered my coffee and waited when all of a sudden, someone tapped me on the shoulder.
      A round, blonde woman asked something that I wasn't expecting. "Excuse me, I don't mean to be rude, but are you half-Korean?'
      She not only got my ethnicity right, she knew how much I was. It freaked me out, but I replied with, "Yes, I am. Wait, but how did you know?'
      The woman gestured her two little girls next to her. "My daughters are also half- Korean. I could tell you were two. I'm guessing you have an American parent.' Again, she was right. She ordered her coffees and I asked about her and her small family. This woman just moved to the area due to a job offering. It was only her and her daughters. The father had left the mother when the second girl was born. He and his side of the family never contacted the woman or her daughters. There was so much that echoed in her story; so much so that I opened up and talked about my own background and experiences. I realized then that my own experience was not something that was strange, it is something that is shared among many people. When I left the store, I decided that it's ok if you don't know much about your heritage and it's ok if you celebrate it. Because at the end of the day, it's the type of person you decide to be that defines you.
      I look for her every time I'm in the grocery store now, to see how her daughters are. But I haven't run into her since that day. I want to thank her. Because I don't feel so out of place anymore.

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  • Comments (3)

    • Whipowill

      5 years ago

      I must agree with the below comment, your art is very lovely! :)

    • pyjamamas ghostie

      5 years ago

      Your art's real cool ◕△◕

      • mecha_bunner

        5 years ago

        Ah! Thank you so much for the compliment! X)

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