How do you define yourself?
Kendall Elizabeth Baldwin
I have always considered myself to be equal parts Black and White. I've heard some multiracial people identify more with one race than another; but, to me, not having to choose is the best part. You accept all parts of your identity at different points in your life. I learned to accept diversity pretty quickly. But, as I have gotten older I have had to reconcile society’s definition of me with what I view myself to be.
The social nature of the college experience focuses a lot on physical appearance. I am not in any of the Black clubs on campus. And so I wonder: does Black Harvard think that I am not committed to my Blackness? Will people think that if I straighten my hair I am enforcing White beauty standards? In the end, my multiracial identity is very important to me. I define myself as having the best of both worlds. It has made me open to people, open to different cultures, and I think that I have come to learn more, practically, about race than other people can. - KEB
Katherine Marie Kulik
I am mixed race or biracial. I am German on my mom’s side and a mix of Tuscarora and European on my dad’s side. If that answer is too long I say that I am German on my mother’s side and Tuscarora on my dad’s side because I feel that explanation adequately captures how I self-identify. That answer solves it for me. - KMK
Michael Boyang Luo
I see myself as Chinese-Turkish. Chinese comes first because that is most of what I am. But, because my mother is part Turkish and the majority of her family is Turkish, that is a part of me, although it does not manifest itself in my appearance. I was raised in a culturally Muslim house so I have tried to educate myself more about my identity, like traveling to Turkey this past summer. I will say that seeing my grandparents’ tombstones engraved completely in Arabic was a revealing, legitimizing moment. It has been a struggle coming to accept the fact that I could be biracial. I do see myself as biracial. But, in the end, my identity is something I’ll always be figuring out. And, I’m glad to say I’m proud of who I am. -MBL
Katherine Yon Ebright
I am half-Malaysian Chinese and half-German. I am a student, a nerd. I am anal-retentive. I am an individual pursing international law. I am President of International Relations Council, Emeritus: that’s huge. I am perpetually in absurd situations. I am not a huge fan of Nietzsche. - KYE
Kahununi Napua Felicia Foster
I identify with the Hawaiian culture rather than being Native Hawaiian. Hawai'i is a cross-section of cultures. There is so much American and Asian influence and then, under all of that, there is the Hawaiian culture. I respect that culture so much. It is based in family units and mutual respect. This has shaped the values that I have. I do not identify as being Native Hawaiian because that is simply the race.
I identify as being Hawaiian because that is more than just what your parents’, parents are. People tell me that I am “too White” to be Native Hawaiian. There seems to be some bar that you have to meet in order to call yourself Native Hawaiian and I simply do not meet that bar. So, I identify as Hawaiian. - KNFF
Miranda Feliciano Tyson
I was raised in a stereotypically White household. But, in terms of the experiences of my family, I really identify with the African American and Latino communities, especially with the Hispanic side of my family in terms of food and culture. I feel personal morose when something bad happens in the minority community so I really identify with that. I have also spent more time around people of color than my White side so I truly identify with that half of my family.
Culturally, I am a New Yorker. Where someone is physically from really affects their culture. I am the reactions and interactions of a New Yorker. - MFT