by Deanna Maria R & Emmy Hikins
What if you know how you fit in, but others don’t? People of mixed cultures and ethnicities struggle to get others to understand, half of this and half of that equals a whole and they belong in both worlds equally. When you are of mixed backgrounds, others seem to struggle more with it than the person who is mixed, they don’t quite know how to fit someone of mixed race into that proverbial ‘box’. Even within the two or more cultures that someone may find themselves, people who are mixed may not even be accepted by one side or the other because cultural differences may be too great.
In the BBC video, a man conveys how just walking into a room brings up assumptions of ‘what he is’. ‘Where’re you from and what are you’, is the common theme, that the people depicted hear quite often. Identity being questioned by a stranger is one thing but, some of the people in the video, have struggled with their own families not accepting them. One woman was said to have been shamed from the Cambodian side of her family because of her Mexican heritage.
By the end of the video, you hear wise words of, ‘you may not think I fit in with your group, so I’ll make my own space’ and ‘I belong in both’. One man tells a story of being told he didn’t belong because he wasn’t black. Although his skin pigmentation doesn’t make it obvious, his heritage does, Irish, Scottish, Black, and Chinese. We live in a melting pot and while most people mean no harm, when asking where someone is from, those who are questioned can’t wait for the day when it doesn’t matter.