My name is Elizabeth Li-Anna Qiuju Gaeta Holmes. That's a long name for a three month old infant. From the very beginning, my American parents were very sensitive to include in my name all my cultural heritages. My first name,
When I was two and a half years old, I looked at my Mom's eyes, which are brown, and then my eyes which are black. I was very upset. I told my Mom I didn't like looking different than she did. 'When am I gonna get brown eyes? I don't wanna be Chinese!" My mother pointed out that my Dad has blue eyes and my brother has green eyes. Even though we all look different, we are one family. This was just the beginning of my noticing racial differences and wondering who I was.
When I was three years old, my family and I joined the Grace Christian Church, a church that is multi-cultural, but predominantly oversees Chinese. There I met Asian adult role-models and made several Asian and Caucasian friends. Being at this church, I experienced certain aspects of the Chinese culture, such as language, food, and traditions. However, I feel similar to these oversees Chinese, but, in other ways I feel extremely different. After all, I am different. I am not only Chinese but I am also an adoptee and I live in an Italian-Scott-English American family.
My family and I are members of an organization called FCC (Families with Children from
When I was nine years old, my family and I returned to
Before this trip, I took American freedom for granted and did not truly appreciate what it meant. As a nine year old girl, I was allowed to travel from
For some reason, or perhaps for no reason, the employer refused to give permission. It did not even matter that Cheng was willing to travel to visit me, even on her day off. It took a month and a lot of persuasion from my parents, the tour director and her advisor to get the employer to change her mind.
Luckily for me I live in the capitol city of diversity,
There is still so much to explore and think about regarding my culture, heritage. and my Identity, The culture and diversity of
Elizabeth Holmes, Age 14
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