Cassandra Yoo is the child of her Korean father and white, American mother and because of this, she has struggled to define her identity, never seeming to fit in with any one group. Her perception of her own race and ethnicity has changed throughout her…
This is the story of Barry Sherbeck, who grew up traveling around the Middle East with his missionary parents. He frequently returned to the United States, including for his college education, but also explored South East Asia as part of his job, where he…
Satsuki Higgenbotham grew up in the United States with a Japanese mother and an America father. As she grew older, her Japanese heritage changed from a source of embarrassment to strength, especially after she visited Japan and learned more about the…
Mykel Murphy was born in Texas to young, impoverished, and quickly divorced parents who were unable to take care of him. He was taken in by surrogate grandparents, college professors who explored world perspectives and eventually moved to Thailand to…
This is the story of Ashley Montalvo's father and grandmother, who came to the mainland United States from Puerto Rico and, despite being citizens, faced discrimination and cultural barriers. Today, Ashley is aware of her heritage and partakes in a hybrid…
Elias Lenz confronts his own racial, cultural, and ethnic identity when he learns of a previously-unknown grandfather, who is Afro-Cuban. An interaction with some Latina classmates made him reevaluate how he is perceived by others and by himself.
Nelsie Yang was born in Minnesota, USA in 1995. Her parents were Hmong refugees who came to the United States because of the Secret War in Laos. Her experiences of racism in the United States and discrimination she observed as a study abroad student in…
Mai Vang was born and raised in St. Paul, MN, where she graduated from Johnson High School in 2001. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology and Womens Studies with a minor in Asian American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2005. She attended graduate…
Kathy Mouacheupao is a Program Officer for Creative Placemaking with the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (TC LISC) supporting community organizations to leverage arts and culture for community and economic development throughout the Twin…