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Ms. Cao found that most of the people she met shared that concern over authenticity, that question of what makes a “real” Asian.
“I’m proud that I’m Asian, and I’m proud that sometimes I act white,” he told Ms. Cao.
That’s how I grew up.”Una, whose parents asked that her last name not be published, was only 9 when Ms. Cao photographed her at home in Brooklyn.
If she can’t find them, she told Ms. Cao, she would be content knowing she tried.
Ms. Cao hopes to expand the photo essay to include people of other ethnic backgrounds.

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