The form reads, “Please indicate your ethnicity (check all that apply),” and my stomach does a little flip, tumble, and drop. I’ve never understood why these forms ask such complicated questions and assume such a simplified answer. Sometimes they grace me with an “Other _____” option, but two inches of black line isn’t going to save me from the inevitable question: Which box do I check? How do I identify?

Excerpt taken from:

The Truth About Growing Up As An Adopted Chinese Girl In White, American Culture

Walking the in-between.

Kay Garlick-Ott