Is one of your parents from a different country than the rest of your family? Maybe both of your parents or your grandparents are from a different country. Welcome to the party, fellow multicultural kid! Whether you’re Korean, half-Greek, a missionary kid, or your heritage is so diverse that you’ve stopped keeping track, here’s 5 things that we can all relate to.
1. “Oh my gosh, I love your parent’s accent!”
Extra awkwardness if followed by “It’s so cute!” How am I supposed to respond?
2. Your house is decorated with random stuff from your family’s culture.
My dad is from Central America, and our walls are covered with Central American art. Not that I’m complaining, but it’s always weird when I go over to my friends’ houses and they have this:
Instead of this.
3. “Oh, I thought you were [insert ethnicity that you have no ties to whatsoever]!”
I’m not kidding here. People have told me I look Italian, Middle Eastern, Filipino, Greek, Indian… the list goes on. Here’s to those of us who gave up and decided to check “other” on forms that require our race.
4. “Do you speak [language] at home?”
This one wouldn’t be that bad, except that people are always shocked if you tell them no. Then they ask, “Why not?” and make you feel like a horrible person. And if you do speak that language, they’re like, “Oh my gosh, say something in [language]!! Haha I have no idea what that means!” Either way, you’re just like:
5. But at the end of the day, you still think that it’s pretty cool to be multicultural.
Maybe you get a dual citizenship out of it, or a second language, or the ability to tan quickly. Maybe you just really love your family’s country, culture, and food. Whatever the perks might be for you, we’re all lucky to be multicultural!
What do you think? Could you relate to any of this? Let me know in comments!
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