Reflections on hyphenated identities & my hopes for my children
Lee Huang

And ethnic identification can change over time and development. My sisters adopted from Korea in the 1970’s initially embraced a dual heritage and enjoyed Korean culture activities, foods, mentors, etc as well as the larger Caucasion American culture around them. As they grew older, however, they began to shun their connections to Korea, viewing themselves as “White” like their peers. As young adults the conflict between how they were seen by others, how they felt internally, and their mysterious beginnings in Korea and with a Korean birth family all came to a head- and it was very painful. Eventually they did find peace and developed more comfortable roots in America on their own terms, establishing careers and families, lives of their own, and the various parts of their identity and their past fell into place.

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