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Brian Chinhema lit on the concept for “Multiracial Identity” at a concert during a conversation with an Asian-Caucasian woman who identified as White. When he told her he thought she looked Asian, they began to discuss multiracialism in America, why she identified as White, and how race is a social construct. Though Brian had initially been considering another subject for his film, he knew at once he had found his passion-project with this new concept. His interest in the subject enabled him to complete the film while also working a full-time day job in a financial firm.
During his year of research prior to commencing the project, Brian became acutely aware of the political debate over whether or not there should be a “multiracial” category among the recognized races in the U.S. He watched as people aired their feelings about Barack Obama’s multiracialism in the media, noting the irony of a man accused of being “not Black enough” becoming the “first Black president.” It exemplified how different racial and cultural groups see multiracialism differently, and how those feelings play out in the political arena.
Brian was keen not to focus on just Black-White multiracialism or perpetuate the stereotype of multiracial people as “emotionally mixed-up” in his film. He instead sought to explore the subject of multiracialism through the context of the multiracial movement.