Barack Obama has put multi-racial identity in the news.

In interviews, people of mixed race said their decision about how to identify themselves was deeply personal, not political; it is influenced by how and where they were reared, how others perceive them, what they look like and how they themselves come to embrace their identity. — NY Times: Who Are We? New Dialogue on Mixed Race

My mother is issei, a first-generation Japanese-American. My father is white.

Growing up an only child with my divorced mother, I never learned her native language, I was late to study her history and never embraced her religion.

Still, I am profoundly her son. Her force of will, her choices and her halting take on American society defined my childhood.

So, I try to understand myself in the context of a racial identity I do not quite own.

My self-identification is an act of will framed by doubt.

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About Ken Judy

I am an executive manager, software developer, father and husband trying to do more good than harm. I am an agile practitioner. I say this fully aware I say nothing. Sold as a tool to solve problems, agile is more a set of principles that encourage us to confront problems. Broad adoption of the jargon has not resulted in wide embrace of these principles. I strive to create material and human good by respecting co-workers, telling truth to employers, improving my skills, and caring for the people affected by the software I help build.