But, you don’t look white.


Growing up I received comments on my olive skin tone. I grew up within a white family and culture. Many curious people often ask where are you from? I reply Florida to only receive “yeah but like where is your family from?” Having previous knowledge and the help of a DNA test I’m 15% Filipino and a bunch of mix-matched DNA my highest percent being 35% Irish. Many don’t believe my Asian Ancestry due to my lack of actually “looking” Asian.
During the Summer I receive more comments as my skin darkens. I have often been mistaken or Spanish or Latina and I have experienced racism from my peers.
I often have trouble with my identity. I don’t “look white enough” but I also don’t “look” Asian.


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