What gets lost in a country that doesn't value the Mixed experience--that tells people who are biracial or bicultural or belong to a multi-ethnic or multiracial families to be invisible or less complicated (please just check one)--are stories.
Ultimately that means those are lost connections and lost lives.
Yesterday's Los Angeles Times article about a group of Korean Mexicans visiting Los Angeles from Mexico is a powerful example of a whole community whose story had been lost. The young people who look phenotypically Korean consider themselves Mexican. As the article explains: "They were the descendants of Koreans lured in 1905 by ship to plantations on the Yucatan Peninsula in southern Mexico. Instead of finding a better life, they were sold to plantation owners and forced to cultivate henequen, a plant whose tough fiber was used to make things like rope. The Koreans and their descendants would come to be known as the Henequen, in part because they were so hardy and hard-working. They had fled a Korea that was under Japanese rule, and despite their struggle, they sent money back home, hoping to help their countrymen gain independence. But few ever saw their homeland again."
Many of the Korean-Mexican young people's group explained how they had experienced taunting and teasing in Mexico because of their Asian backgrounds. Most of them spoke little Korean having assimilated as much as possible into Mexican culture. The reporter quotes one of the visiting young men as saying: "You feel a sensation of pride, because you're of Korean descendant, just like them," he said in Spanish. "I see them dance so beautifully, and that I didn't know of things like this as a child, it makes me a little sad. It's a feeling of discovered feelings."