"Extending the categories
Neil Noronha, 24, lives in Brockley and works for
an advertising agency in Soho. His father is from
Goa in India and his mother is part Portuguese,
part English and part Indian.
He said: "At university most people stuck in
the their own racial groups. The Asians hung out
with Asians and the Greeks with Greeks. It was incredibly
cliquey but I tended to hang out with everyone.
"I don't know if it's because I'm mixed. If
my Asian friends wanted to ask a white person a
question, they would come and ask me to do it.
"I see myself as Asian. My Asian friends do
treat me differently, though. I've got green eyes
and people always say stuff about them, and how
I look different.
"I see being mixed as an advantage. It means
you can fit in anywhere rather than not fitting
in at all. People think if you are mixed you are
unsure of who you are, but I've never had that problem.
It's a good thing the categories have been extended.
People are quite happy for you to tick one box and
say, 'That's where you belong.' They want to categorise
you. But it's a bit more complicated than that."