Fifty-Three.Current.

“And a part of you was drawn to her, and a part of you resisted–wanting to ride off on your bicycle, kick a stone, remain uncomplicated. In the same breath you felt the strength of a man, and a self-pity that made you feel small and hurt. Part of you thought: Please don’t look at me. If you don’t, I can still turn away. And part of you thought: Look at me.” – Nicole Krauss

Fifty-Two. Hapa.

 

Bill of Rights for People of Mixed Heritage

I have the right
Not to have to justify my existence in the world.
Not to keep the races separate within me.
Not to justify my ethnic legitimacy.
Not to responsible for people’s discomfort with my physical or ethnic ambiguity.

I have the right
To identify myself differently than strangers expect me to identify.
To identify myself differently than how my parents identify me.
To identify myself differently than how my brothers or sisters identify.
To identify myself differently in different situations.

I have the right
To create a vocabulary to communicate being multiracial or multiethnic.
To change my identity over my lifetime–and more than once.
To have loyalties and identification with more than one group of people.
To freely choose whom I befriend and love.

Maria P.P. Root