A little bit of everything

May 11, 2016

Mixed Girl Tag

What are you mixed with?
Thai/Finnish

What ethnicity have you often been mistaken for?
I have been mostly mistaken for Indian, Spanish, Chinese and Latino.

Is your hair curly or straight?
I would say in between, wavy.

Was coming from from different backgrounds challenging growing up?
It is quite difficult, knowing I don't fit in anywhere. In Thailand I'm not considered ''Thai'' they call me a foreigner/white. And in Finland I don't exactly look like the typical Finnish girl with blonde hair, blue eyes. So I'm kind of stuck in between. I don't exactly know what I should reply when someone asks ''Where are you from?'' since I really belong anywhere. When people would call me Asian and me not knowing what to say to that since I don't really know who I am myself is difficult or when people would say I'm not Finnish. When I kind of am? It's hard when no one really knows what being mixed is and no one really understands.

Which background do you embrace the most?
Hard question. I just feel like I have not inherited either ''whiteness'' or ''Asianness'' I'm just stuck in the middle. (Thanks mom & dad)

Have you ever been teased for being different?
YES. Since I was born in Thailand and lived there most of my childhood. I had blonde hair growing up and didn't look anywhere near Thai AT ALL. I would constantly be teased by local kids, they wouldn't let me play with them and would always leave me out since I was ''different''.

Have you ever been ashamed for being multiracial?
Never. I love being mixed despite the cons. Best of both worlds.

Do you feel being mixed has its benefits?
Definitely. Since both my parents came from such different backgrounds I get a little bit of everything, which most people don't get to experience. Plus the amount of languages you learn in the process.

What makes being multiracial a beautiful thing?
Knowing you have a place to go to in more than one place in this world.

Any advice to someone who struggles with their multiracial identity?
It might be a bit confusing and difficult growing up mixed not knowing where you belong or which category you fit in. Which I definitely struggled with and still do. I just want to say it's nothing to be ashamed of. Embrace who you are. Think about it in this way you're mixed with more than just one nationality which makes you unique. You're not the same as everyone else. Do other people grow up speaking more than just one language? I mean props to you! You were speaking more than one language ever since you were born. No one is and will never be the same.
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