“What are you?” It’s complicated.

My mixedness fascinates and frustrates people — including me.

Graphic by the author
When you’re mixed, people struggle to classify you. | Graphic by the author

Am I supposed to choose a side? Erase the other(ed) half to become whole?

The answer to “What are you?” provokes more questions. | Graphic by the author

It’s complicated, because my answer provokes more questions.

My parents, my origins. | Graphic by the author

I don’t have to simplify or modify my identity to make other people comfortable.

Text by Maria P.P. Root, PhD | Source: mixedremixed.org

Writer & technology professional, based in Los Angeles | I also write at jomiyoko.blog

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