Hello! My name is Laura. I am half Korean, from my mother, and Greek American, from my father.
I was born in Seoul, Korea but moved to the states at a very young age. When I was younger I had a hard time with accepting who I am, as I grew up in a predominately Caucasian community. I resented my Korean side, but changed my thoughts as I got older.
I think that it’s important to recognize all of my heritage and not be ashamed or resent it. I grew to fall in love with my Korean culture and that has helped me become so much more closer with my mom.
I always get asked what my ethnicity is from being Chinese, Japanese, Kazakh, Russian, or white. I identify myself as being Korean, Greek, and American. I am not one or the other but all. It sometimes still makes me feel a little down when Koreans do not classify me as Korean or white people do not think I am white as I feel as if I do not belong anywhere but that is not the mindset I should have.
I am becoming more and more comfortable with who I am and feel blessed that I am able to experience being in different cultures. I love who I am, and I wouldn’t want to be anyone else.
Thank you, Laura, for sharing. My daughter (7-years-old) is also half-Korean and half-Greek. I feel that we are very lucky to live in a city like San Francisco where there are many people of all cultures (including many mixed-race kids) but I think it’s still so important to hear voices like yours. I just read your wonderful post to my daughter, as it’s the same message my wife and I are always trying to expose her two… she’s very lucky to have THREE cultures to be part of… Greek, Korean, and American! She smiled!
Being of Korean and Greek American heritage, myself, I totally empathize with you. Sorry for late post, just found this online, random.
<3 And thank you for sharing.
You are gorgeous; you are you. No one else can tell you who you are or aren’t. I am glad you are growing more comfortable with all the different little aspects of yourself.
I love the picture of you and your mother; she is beautiful. I have always thought you were such a lovely young lady–inside and out. I am thankful for all you shared with our class and taught me about who you are as a Korean-Greek-American. Best of luck in your Senior year and may all you endeavor to achieve be yours! Mrs. Knickerbocker