On Saturday, August 27, 2016, the Dodgers are hosting a Mixed Heritage Day and we couldn’t be more excited! With the growth of the multiracial community, representation matters — and it appears that the Dodgers understand that.
Yet, they might have had a bit of a push from one little mixed eight-year-old boy. Last year, Sonia Kang was with her family at a Dodger’s Game when her son noticed a schedule of upcoming games on the jumbo-tron, many of which were cultural nights like “Cuban Night” and “Korean Night.”
Sonia’s son turned to her and asked, “Mommy, what day do kids like me come to Dodger Stadium? Is there a day for us mixed kids coming up?” She was a bit confused, so he clarified, “Well, you’re Black and Mexican, and Daddy is Korean, so is there a special day for kids like me that are mixed?”
There wasn’t… yet.
Her son’s question really impacted Sonia. She shared in a blog on Babble, “When I was growing up, there weren’t many folks that looked like me. While in school and on many forms, government or otherwise, there wasn’t a box for me. Forms that asked me to ‘choose one’ were the norm. If you didn’t fall into any of the categories you would check ‘other.’ I was an ‘other’ and it hurt.”
With that in mind, Sonia contacted the Dodgers and suggested that the MLB team represent families of mixed heritage. Soon after, Sonia learned that the Dodgers were going to host the Mixed Heritage Day.
“From school forms or dolls that look like you to television shows and books with characters that you can relate to, representation matters. It mattered then when I was a kid and now for my children and children like them,” Sonia notes.
And it’s true. It does matter. So, thank you, Dodgers, for representing diverse families.
Photo courtesy of Flickr/Darren Johnson, IDJ Photography