What is your blended heritage?
I am Chinese, German, Scottish, and French.
Where are your mother and father from?
My mother and father are both California born, my mom is German and French and my dad is Chinese and Scottish.
What do you love the most of your blended heritage?
I love the history that comes with being what I am. Learning about my heritage was exciting, and made me feel special, like I belonged to something bigger than myself. Each culture is so different, with different traditions, and characteristics!
What is your response when people ask, “What are you?”
When people ask me what I am, I first say that I am a quarter Chinese, and they are usually shocked, then claim they can see it. Most people think I’m just European.
What was your experience as a blended kid?
My experience as a blended kid was never really knowing where I belong, but as I grew up and learned more about myself, I grew an appreciation for not fitting in. I had a hard time with people not believing I am Asian. I was always so excited to learn about new history from the Chinese side of my family, and when I would tell my school friends, they would give me a hard time, and make me question if I really am what I think I am. However, growing up, I learned to love all the history from my family, and all the stories that come with it. My family that immigrated from China opened up a general store during the 1800’s gold rush, it is now a local land mark.
What were you family dinners like?
My family dinners ranged from traditional Chinese dinners with all of my Chinese family sitting at a large circle table that moves, with so many plates of food it’s overwhelming, to simple dinners with just my mom and dad. Even though we’re Asian and European, my parents love to try to make traditional dishes from all cultures, my dad especially loves Indian foods.
Does your blended heritage have any influence on your modeling career?
My heritage goes with my everywhere I go, but I try not to let it affect the work I do too much. I love acknowledging my ancestry, but it is not the only part of who I am. I think a lot of blended people are seen only as their ethnic backgrounds and that’s not what I want to be seen as solely.
What positive message do you have for blended kids?
My message for blended kids: Don’t be discouraged if you don’t “look the part”. You aren’t just who you look like, you are so much more than that. Being blended is awesome. Learn about your heritage, and embrace it!