Hello! My name is Laura Markou. I am a college senior and 22 years old. 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.