October 21, 2021

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Black and Asian Latinx influencers discuss lack of representation

Ren Fernandez-Kim hopes Latinx people will educate themselves on other mixed race Hispanics. Fernandez-Kim is Korean and Peruvian.

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Ren Fernandez-Kim never felt quite at home with their two cultures; their father is Peruvian and their mother is Korean. Fernandez-Kim said it was hard to accept who they were when Asian Latinos were never seen or talked about. 

On one side, Fernandez-Kim wasn’t Korean enough and on the other, they were “too Asian to be Hispanic.”

“I grew up never quite loving both sides of me because I didn’t fit in. No one who looked like me also spoke Spanish,” Fernandez-Kim told USA TODAY. “It was hard to love something Latino and U.S. media never showed.” 

In Spanish Harlem, New York, Ilianna Ayala was surrounded by Black and brown Latinas but never saw them in the news or TV. Ayala said far too often, Latinas are falsely portrayed as “thin, white or light-skinned,” which alienates millions of “melaninated Latinas.”

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