See Me As I Am

Douglas Smith (Korean/white) and Malik Abdul-Haqq (Black/Cambodian/Thai). Photos by Lindsey Wasson.

Expert opinion for The Seattle Times. Article by Audrey Carlsen:

Sharon H. Chang, a Seattle author and activist who has written extensively about multiracial experiences, says younger people of mixed race tend to be optimistic when it comes to how society perceives them. But Chang says young people’s attitudes often change over time, as they find themselves in new settings like college or workplaces.

Chang attributes this change in part to an increased awareness of the small thoughtless comments, actions and assumptions people experience when they walk out the door. “Each one is a little ding on your soul over time,” she says.

I ask her whether she thinks race still matters, and her answer is clear: Yes. “Race is about the way we look,” she says, and about how society views us based on those looks.


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