As the biracial child of a white Australian mother and South African father, Alyssa Scott grew up being made aware of race. A constant outside interest into Scott's cultural heritage and requests to touch her curly hair alerted Scott to the difference between her own family and others.
Now an adult, Scott proudly identifies as a biracial woman yet she is keenly aware of the cultural dissonance biracial children can experience in terms of culture and identity.
Scott came to realise there were very few public conversations about the biracial experience from an Australian perspective, which she attributes to a cautiousness in approach. Our history of invasion, the Stolen Generation, and the risk of reinforcing notions of racial purity by identifying as mixed are all good examples of why the topic needs to be approached with care.
Nevertheless these are important conversations to have and, with care, Scott has commenced a research thesis as part of her Masters of Social Work. Through her research, Scott hopes to give biracial people space to share their experiences and be able to identify in their own terms. For Scott, it's important 'just to acknowledge them' and 'make a really small contribution to this as the conversation begins to take off'