In this post, Kim Jackson shares part of her identity formation journey.
Imagine for a moment that you are filling out a job application when you stumble upon a section that asks you about your race/ethnicity. The question asks you to choose one of the following identities that best describe how you identify:
- White (not Hispanic or Latino),
- Black or African American (not Hispanic or Latino),
- Hispanic or Latino,
- Asian (not Hispanic or Latino),
- American Indian/Alaskan Native (not Hispanic or Latino),
- Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (not Hispanic or Latino),
- Two or more races (not Hispanic or Latino).
For someone who is bicultural/biracial these forms pose a serious challenge. In my experience with such forms, I have always checked “white” instead of “Asian” even though I am from both Korean and white racial backgrounds. For most of my life, I had not considered how my identities develop until I began working at Building Bridges where we integrate racial identity development into our work.