Confessions of a Girl With Mixed Family Origins
by Élissya Lécuyer
1. No, I don’t know how to say “fork” in Lao.
2. Person: “Are you Native-American?”
Person: “Are you Spanish?”
Me: “No, my mom is Lao and Thai, and my dad is from Quebec.”
Person: “What?! Are you sure?”
3. You get to eat food from different cultures… Which is probably the best thing ever. Who doesn’t love food?
4. I don’t know whether I look like my mom or my dad, okay?
5. I get to travel to Laos and Thailand every 3 years or so, which is just plain awesome.
6. Two of my cousins are dark-skinned, so you can imagine how confused people are when they find that out.
7. Recognizing the perplexed look someone gives you when they’re internally guessing where you’re from.
8. I have different nicknames for my grandparents, so I need to refer to them as “my grandma from my mom’s side of the family” or “my grandpa from my dad’s side” when talking to others.
9. I know, I know, I look young, but I swear I’m 18… Blame my mom’s Asian heritage for making me short and look like I’m 14.
10. No, Thai people don’t just eat Pad Thai.
11. Acquaintance: “Hey, I saw you at the grocery store with an older man the other day, who was he?”
Me: “Oh, that’s my dad.”
Acquaintance: “Oh, okay… Are you adopted?”