IS THE COMMUNITY YOU LIVE IN NOW DIVERSE?
No, There were mixed kids but there were only 1 or 2 per class.
HOW DID YOUR PARENTS MEET?
At The Cheesecake Factory
HAS YOUR EXTENDED FAMILY ALWAYS BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF YOU BEING MULTIRACIAL/BIRACIAL?
DID YOU CELEBRATE TRADITIONS FROM BOTH SIDES OF YOUR FAMILY?
Yes I somewhat celebrate some of the traditions of the Philippine side
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR CULTURAL BACKGROUND?
I enjoy the fact that I am not a slice of "white bread".
WHAT ACTIONS DO YOUR PARENTS TAKE TO TEACH YOU ABOUT YOUR DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS?
They showed me the foods and my mother shows me the culture, food, language and location.
DO YOU TALK ABOUT RACE A LOT IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP?
I talked about the fact that I was different, but not a lot of talk.
DO YOU IDENTIFY AS MIXED OR SOMETHING ELSE?
I identify as half-asian
DOES RACE WEIGH INTO WHO YOU CHOOSE TO DATE?
No just as long as they are a nice person
WHAT DOES BEING MIXED MEAN TO YOU?
That I can identify as being filipino and its nice.
DO YOU HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS WHO ARE MIXED?
I have a few friends who are mixed, but they all act just as white as anybody else- I mean it's a pretty white area.
ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS YOU ARE REALLY TIRED OF HEARING FROM PEOPLE IN REGARDS TO RACE/CULTURE?
when people call me "white rice"
when people ask me how to say words in the language of my nationality
when people ask “so what kind of asian are you?”
when people say the N word (not related to my race but it’s a pet peeve)
when people justify their use of the n word by saying “but i have a black cousin/friend”
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM FOR THE FUTURE OF AMERICA IN REGARDS TO RACE?
I hope that everybody will be treated the same no matter if they are white, black, mayan, mixed, asian.
NAME AND AGE
Isabella Billik, age 15
WHAT MIX ARE YOU?
WHERE DO YOU CURRENTLY LIVE?
Orange County, California