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MixD club welcomes multiracial journalists to speak about personal experiences – The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

By Vaseline May31,2024

The Multiethnic Inclusion and Diversity Club (MixD) hosted radio host and producer Sasha Khokha on May 22 to speak about her new podcast entitled “Mixed Race” at Feldman Horn. Khokha is also the host of the weekly magazine The California Report.

Khokha said that as a mixed-race South Asian woman, she defied norms when she decided to marry for love, instead of having an arranged marriage like the rest of her family.

“I feel like I really broke the mold,” Khokha said. “Especially in Northern California, there are so many Indian engineers working in Silicon Valley, so many people have mixed children and it’s just not that unusual anymore. Being able to find a community is such an advantage for people today compared to when I was growing up.”

Khokha said it is important for every school to have a space where mixed-race students can discuss their identities.

“I still think there’s a lot to talk about (regarding mixed race),” Khokha said. “There’s a reason why (Harvard-Westlake) has a co-ed club. It’s not like the problems I faced are over. There is still a need for space to have community.”

Khokha said mixed identities are often overlooked by society.

“Generally speaking, when we talk about celebrities, people are usually described as just one race,” Khokha said. “And while things have changed to be more accepting of people of mixed race or multiple cultures, we still describe Obama as black, (but) not as black and white.

MixD member Emma Tseng ’26, who is Jewish and Chinese, said her mixed race gives her a different perspective.

“I am very proud of my mixed identity,” Tseng said. “For me, being mixed means having multiple cultures, histories and values ​​that give me a unique perspective on the world. For example, I get to be part of both the celebration of Rosh Hashanah and the Chinese New Year, which has exposed me to the way different cultures celebrate and experience joy.”

Tseng said it is important to recognize and take into account that people can identify with multiple ethnicities and cultures.

“Some mixed people are overlooked in society because many people do not understand that people can have multiple identities at the same time, and that being one does not mean being something else,” Tseng said. “Mixed identities have not really been normalized because society often wants to define a mixed person as one race or ethnicity based on stereotypes or other implicit biases. However, I think greater representation of mixed authors, actors and influencers will help people understand the mixed experience.”

MixD leader Nilufer Mistry Sheasby ’24 said Khokha gave her the strength to be more open about her mixed identity.

“I was so interested to hear Khokha’s story, and it inspired me to not be so afraid to embrace my culture,” Mistry Sheasby said. “My experience with being mixed at school was certainly interesting. I hope that the mixed identity becomes stronger because the community is not as active as I would hope, but I think we are getting there. Mixed people actually suffer mental health consequences because they don’t feel accepted by any community, so we need to work to combat that.”

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