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Multiracial

Mixed Feelings meets monthly. The group founded by Alyson Thompson met at Rise Coffee House in September for its launch party. September 9, 2019
Chad Davis | St. Louis Public Radio

When Fox Smith arrived to Rise Coffee House a few weeks ago, she was eager to meet people who, like her, understood what it means to have a broad view of race and identity.

Smith, of St. Louis, was born to a Korean mother and a white father. Like the other multiracial young adults at the coffee house, she wanted to talk about shared experiences.

“I'm biracial, and being somebody who is biracial, when I find somebody else who is multiethnic, and it comes out, we start talking about it with each other, it's like an instantaneous bonding experience,” Smith said.

(May 27, 2019) Alyson Thompson is founder and organizer on Mixed Feelings, a meeting group dedicated to building community among multiracial and multiethnic identities. She talked about it on Tuesday's "St. Louis on the Air."
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

When St. Louisan Alyson Thompson watched “The Loving Generation” documentary, she instantly felt heard and affirmed in her identity of being born to one black and one white parent. It also prompted her to start Mixed Feelings, a group for multiracial people seeking community among other multiracial and multiethnic individuals through curated meetups and events.

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