What are your parent’s ethnic backgrounds?
My mother is half Greek and Irish. My grandma came from Ireland when she was a child and her family had such a thick accent that they gave her the last name, ‘Brown’ instead of her actual Irish last name. I’ve never met my mother’s father; but according to my great aunt, who was the record holder of our family, he was Greek. My father is 100% Cuban and was born in Havana, along with my abuelo and abuela [grandpa and grandma]. He was less than a year old before he came to the US.
Can you speak any of these languages?
Sadly, I can’t speak any of my languages except for English.
Did you have any struggles growing up mixed race, such as any internal or external issues?
Never went through any struggles, but the only thing I remember was trying to fit into the Latino culture of friends and they had a hard time accepting me at first, but that never held me back from making friends.
Do you identify as mixed race or by one race?
I identify as mixed, but mostly with my Cuban side, because they come in all shades of color. Besides the fact that I don’t speak Spanish and grew up with my mom when my parents divorced when I was 4-5.
Do you feel, or have you felt, like you didn’t belong to either one of your ethnic groups?
I always felt like I belonged to my ethnic backgrounds.