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“What are you?”: Embracing a mixed-roots identity

(Illustration by Raka Sarkar | Senior Staff Illustrator)

By Erica Brandbergh | Columnist

November 13, 2017

I once asked my dad, out of curiosity, whether he put Caucasian, Asian or both on surveys that ask about his race. He paused for a bit and said he didn’t know. I asked if he identified with one more than the other, and he was unsure of that as well. My dad is half-Japanese. He was born on an American Army base in...

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