‘What Are You?’

Trigger warning: image contains experiences of racism:

I drew this in response to some of my personal experiences of racism.

Let’s talk about being mixed race.

‘What are you?’ is a question that is asked all too often when people can’t quite put their finger on ‘what’ we are.

Of course, it’s a pretty objectifying question- I’m a who, not a what.

Sometimes people even suggest that mixed race people will ‘bring the world together’.


Yeah, that’s not how it works.

The drawing above illustrates some of my experiences of racism, and hopefully some of the complexity of being Chinese, Scottish, Irish, and Spanish.

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