“You can pass.” Lifetime identity struggle.

IMG_4465Erica Jameson,
Ashland, OR.

My parents adopted five muti-racial children, something unheard of in the rural mountain town we lived in. Between being confused about being different, to occasional thoughtless racism, the line “You can pass [for white]” still makes me uneasy. Does this mean that I should want to? I still don’t know.

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  • Brenda

    Erica I am Chinese and European American and grew up in Eugene OR. I also had many comments about how unAsian or white I looked. Sometimes I could pass as white. But it really offended me to think I should try to be more “white”. I think the assumption I don’t like in these comments is that I should want to hide my identity in order to make myself more palatable to white people.


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