Biracials Speak Out! The Inside World of Everyday Chameleons

This article spoke about what it’s like to be a biracial person, specifically a Malay-Chinese person.  The author, Crystal Abidin, notes that with a single raced person, it easily allows for another person to assess them and the person’s identity and status. This is not intended to be racist. In Asian cultures, it is more of a matter of cultural understanding. With that being said, when a person who is of dual or multiple races comes into the picture, it makes it much harder to know how to appropriatly act when you are with that person. In fact, it even makes the person who is of mixed origins confused on how to interact with their peers.

A Malay-Chinese woman reflected on her childhood and said that due to her mixed origins, she could not play with either the Malay or Chinese so she she had to hang out with everyone but her own culture. Another biracial individual could not speak Mandarin like her full Chinese counterparts, so when they would break off into it, she would subtly remind them that she was not fully Chinese.

The fact that people have such a hard time fitting in due to their mixed heritage is quite sad. It proves that humanity feels the need to categorize everything and everyone. When you do not fit into that label, often times you are pushed aside into the “other” category and left with the desire to be acknowledged and to belong to something, anything. Towards the end, the article notes that ethnic identity is not innate, it is learned. Would it ever be possible to be able to appreciate peoples difference opposed to distancing yourself from groups that aren’t similar to yours? Or will humanity forever feel the need to label everything?