The Importance of Bicultural Representation

Facing whispering and expressions of confusion as I ate my dried seaweed whilst everyone else ate their salt and vinegar crisps during school lunch times, I was subconsciously exploring and learning to balance my Chinese and English culture from a young age. Throughout my childhood, I rejected my culture at home and spoke only English. What can make stability and confidence in bicultural identity particularly difficult is the encouragement from parents/guardians that we should do everything we can to fully integrate into our surroundings. As a result, this often means neglecting our ethnic cultures and focusing on the Western ones
we’re more often exposed to at school. As a young girl going into my teenage years, figuring out which parts of my Chinese and British culture I wanted to celebrate was overwhelming. I felt too different in a country I was born in whilst unable to identify fully with the culture I was born from. […]