hapa319Hello! 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.

5 thoughts on “Korean, Greek, American

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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

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