Program Five - Segment Three: I Am

"So what are you, anyway?" It’s a question many multi-cultural Asian Americans have heard throughout their lives.  Answering it was difficult for those born in the 50’s and 60’s when interracial marriages were not as common as today.  Many had no name for their identify and relied on “half-this, half-the other.” As decades moved on, the answer has been constantly changing, and for many, the question can be tiring to hear. 


Daniel Mori Schwinn, Julie Thi Underhill, Wei Ming Dariotis, Janet Stickmon, Anthony Brown, and Cahn Oxelson.

Produced by Rainjita Yang-Geesler


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