I once commented on a friend's behavior as being "typically American." To which she responded, "Weren't you born and raised here?"
While this was true, many times, because of my appearance, it had been assumed that I was born on foreign soil. I was immediately struck by how I had unknowingly incorporated this into my own identity as an "atypical American."
Am I less "American" or patriotic because I root for more than one country in the Olympics? (I have a list that begins with the United States, followed by countries where I have family and then rounded out with countries to which I have traveled and enjoyed the experience.)
|Chinese American||Canadian American||Ghanian American|
Whether mixed, "hapa," multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-national or not, celebrating all cultures and fighting for equality is not the same thing as legislating to ensure supremacy.
So, I'm saying it loud... I love kim chi and watermelon...
|I Heart Kim Chi||I Heart Watermelon|
The Kim Chi Jar design is dedicated to my Omma and Sam Chun... and the watermelon design to Wanda Sykes...
The remaining pieces are dedicated to my international friends who could not believe I was from America because I was brown... and especially to my “brown” Canadian friends who I couldn’t believe were from Canada…
We all have work to do. United we stand…
Thanks for reading!