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Teresa Ish

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Teresa Ish was born in Fresno, California and raised near Clovis, California. She is of Chinese-Malaysian and Swedish descent. Ish attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she earned a B.A. in environmental studies and biology, and an M.S. in marine science. During her graduate studies, Ish co-founded Fish Wise, a nonprofit organization that promotes seafood sustainability.

Interview Highlight

 "Most people would not even guess that I was half Chinese.  It’s really nice for traveling.  If I keep my mouth shut, I can kind of fake it almost anywhere.  But, you know, obviously once I speak everyone knows I’m American."

Selected Clips

In this clip from an interview conducted in 2011, Teresa Ish talks about being asked the "What Are You?" question - a common experience for many multicultural / multiracial people. 

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Identifier: 2011.019.002
Date: November 19, 2011
Duration: 2:41:00
Citation: Oral history interview with Teresa Ish, 2011, 2011.019.002; Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations Oral History Collection, 2011.019; Brooklyn Historical Society.
Language: English
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