Growing up in Vancouver, WA a predominantly white area , I remember feeling a discomfort toward my features. This adjective was supposedly meant as a compliment, but the meaning of that word is "introduced from another country, not native to the place where found. We are not anchored in the same way, making it easy for us to lose our identities or feel lost trying to navigate the intersection between our cultures. This photo project has been on my mind since coming to Los Angeles because I finally lived in a place where there were people who looked like me. Growing up, most of the celebrities I wanted to emulate were white, with features that didn't match mine. No matter how I did my makeup, I never felt that I looked "white enough. When I started building relationships with other people who fully embraced and even celebrated their multi-ethnic backgrounds, they opened me up to the idea that I am beautiful. I created this series of images to broaden my own ideas of Asian-American beauty and spoke to other biracial Asian-Americans in the hopes that others will see themselves in the beauty of these subjects.
Half-Asian Women Stereotypes
A Eurasian is a person of mixed Asian and European ancestry. The term Eurasian was first coined in mid-nineteenth century British India. The term was originally used to refer to those who are now known as Anglo-Indians , people of mixed British and Indian descent. The term has been used in anthropological literature since the s. Historically, Central Asia has been a " melting pot " of West Eurasian and East Eurasian peoples, leading to high genetic admixture and diversity. The nomadic Xiongnu were nomadic warriors who invaded China and Central Asia. They were predominant Mongoloid, known from their skeletal remains and artifacts.
13 Beauty Problems Only Half-Asian, Half-Caucasian Women Will Understand
When it comes to identity, I can frame myself two radically different ways: I am a gay person of color on a large amount of financial aid, and I am a white male legacy student at Duke. Both descriptions are technically accurate, but fail to illustrate the nuances of my competing identities. I feel like I fluctuate between being white and Korean depending on the scenario or group of people I am around. In college, we are often engaged in discussions about identity and privilege, and I have struggled to pinpoint my place in such conversations. Before I can quantify my privilege, I need to clarify my identity. Am I a person of color or am I white? I make it seem like I am both, but can I really be both?
Growing up as hapa — meaning "mixed race" in Hawaii and half-Asian, half-white in my circles — comes with its own set of problems. I'm not just talking about when I had to check "other" under the race box during standardized tests: I'm talking about beauty problems. There are many misconceptions when it comes to being hapa, and I'm here to set the record straight. A little background: my father is Chinese, and my mother is Irish, and I've found it difficult to find the balance between being too white and too Asian. There were only about five Asians in my entire graduating high school class, and because of the lack of diversity, I thought you had to be blond and Caucasian to be beautiful. When I got to college, Asian students made up about 40 percent of the student population. Although it was great to see more diversity on campus, I didn't feel like I fit in with that cultural group either.