In an increasingly multiracial United States, identity is a fluid thing. And questions like "What are you?" are common — if not entirely welcome — for people of mixed backgrounds and those who self-identify as first-generation Americans, trying to find a balance between their families' backgrounds and their adopted country.
In 2015, the Pew Research Center estimated the number of multiracial Americans is almost 16.9 million people, or close to 7 percent of the population. Researchers asked questions about people’s family history, and found that many who identified as one race in fact had a parent or grandparent of another race.
This is because identity can depend on where one was raised, on family dynamics – and on how the rest of the world sees you, said Richard Morin, of the Pew report's authors.
KPCC's Take Two wants to amplify the voices and experiences of those who identify as multiracial or first-generation American. We’ll read every response, but nothing is published without your permission.
(Photo: Mixed Up Clothing's Sonia Smith-Kang and her multiracial family.)