When I was growing up in the 1980s, I never had a Hispanic figure to look up to other than my parents.
Throughout my life, I have found myself having to assert my cultural identity. From a single look, you'd probably have me pegged for a white male, and all the privilege that comes with it. The latter part is true. As someone who half-identifies as white, I never have to worry about being asked where I'm from; being targeted by police; or having Long Duk Dong represent me in pop culture. But "White" is nevertheless a small part of who I am. My full name is Jesse Ramon Ferreras... My family has never kept my heritage a secret. But maintaining it in a place like Vancouver has been difficult.