You don’t look like you’re Chinese

Jacqueline Larriva
Tucson, AZ

I call myself Mexinese. My mother is Chinese and my father is Mexican. I am often asked questions about my racial background because people can’t figure out “what I am”. After finding out “what I am” and which parent is Chinese and which is Mexican, they often ask many personal questions about my parents relationship. It seems that many people cannot fathom how a Chinese woman and a Mexican man would ever be attracted to each other. I believe that many of the questions I am asked are based on stereotypes of not just race but also class, education, and sexuality.


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