Being Asian, my Authenticity is Questioned

Colette, Sacramento, CA. “I love Asian girls” “I love Japanese people” “Konnichiwa” “Ni hao” “Sayonara” “Kamsammida” ‘Your a bad Japanese. You don’t know Japanese.’ “Are you Chinese?” “I don’t think people in Osaka speak Kansaiben” “I know Chinese” “You look the most Japanese” “You could be an other Asian too” One Caucasian man approached my […]

Whiteness: shameful, boring. Black is beautiful

Sylvia Kronstadt Salt Lake City, UT For 60 years, I have wished I were black — or at least “colored.” This may seem outrageous to those who suffer every day from racism, but I long for the vibrancy, authenticity, dignity, style, spontaneity, sass, smarts, sexiness, depth, grace, resiliency and honorable history that I see in […]

White guilt smothers hopes of authenticity.

Cindy Castevens Winston Salem, NC I’m white, and feel ashamed about my color every time I’m around black folks whom I don’t know. I think of all my ancestors and my race did to Blacks, and I’m ashamed and horrified. This guilt makes it hard for me to just be myself around Black people most […]