Living in a Multicultural Family

Isabel Umekubo and Cierra Pringle

Multicultural families have been stuck in the middle and have long faced struggles at home, in society, and in the world. 

Out of the 127.59 million homes in the U.S., only 700,000 of them are multicultural or interracial. In the past, interracial couples have faced prejudice in all directions. Now, when multicultural families are the norm in common cities like Los Angeles or New York, they continue to weave their way through countless obstacles and struggles.

One of the main struggles is dealing with both sides of their family. Many children of these families can face issues everywhere. At school, they can get the question of “what are you?” or receive criticism after revealing they are of more than one race. Another issue found in young teens is fitting in. When it comes to race, inclusivity is a big deal and when you are of mixed race people can judge you for not fitting into the standards of the cultures they follow.

“Middle school. It was a weird time. I felt like I didn’t really belong,” said sophomore Claudia Brown. “Almost because I wasn’t Black enough when I wasn’t Asian enough. So I didn’t know what I was, and I was kind of stuck in the middle.” Although there are many struggles multicultural families go through, there are also many positive things about being in multiple cultures.  

“I think [being multicultural] is interesting. You get two different cultures, you see your families blended seamlessly since your parents already worked it out,” said junior  Amalia Perez. Sometimes, the things that make you different from others are the things that you learn to appreciate later as an individual. There are so many different things to enjoy from the many cultures a multicultural child comes from. 

“But I also love like a lot of food for my [White] half,” freshman Raina Henty-Dodd stated. “But I also love a lot of Japanese food.” She states the positive side of both cultures she is mixed with, however, says that there are certain downsides in her family. 

“Just the holidays [are difficult]. You want to spend time with different families, but none of them live in this country,” Henty-Dodd said. “So it’s really hard besides Facetime and Skyping.”

Children coming from multicultural families have only experienced being in a multicultural family.  Itis the norm they are familiar with and can relate to. 

“ I’ve never not been in a multicultural family,” Brown said. “So it’s just the normal for me, I don’t feel like my family is different at all.”