Editorial: Owning Both Sides

Editorial: Owning Both Sides

Hapa Mag

Alison Lea Bender

How do I even begin? I am a person who is trying to navigate this complicated, wonderful, and mysterious life just like everyone else. On top of that, I am in a career that tends to make subjective decisions on race and culture. Needless to say, facing those factors and trying to “fit a bill” for my art constantly makes me analyze and overthink my racial identity. I don’t mind that I’m continuously thinking about it anymore.

I never truly gave my racial makeup much thought my whole life, so I feel like the past few years have been a needed catch-up. I am quite proud of the knowledge I’ve gained from looking at every angle of it, and I feel closer to my roots now. I’ve come a long way, but as far I have come with my own racial identity and accepting and loving every part of myself, it seems that there will always be an obstacle in my way to make me question who I am…

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