Profile: Sheena Gardner

Posted in Articles, Asian Diaspora, Campus Life, Identity Development/Psychology, Mississippi, New Media, Social Science, United States on 2012-01-02 23:10Z by Steven

Profile: Sheena Gardner

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Mississippi State University

With a Japanese mother and an African-American father, Gardner has lived in Japan and Mississippi, experiencing a world of two cultures. Her dark skin complemented by her long, thick and curly hair distinguishes her from most other people almost everywhere she goes. Her background of growing up in a military family exposed her to many mixed-race families.

Through the years, Sheena Gardner has become comfortable answering the question, “What are you?”

While awkwardly phrased, she understands what they mean, and the Ocean Springs native loves talking about it. However, many people still feel uncomfortable having serious discussions on race…

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