Where Angelica Allen lived, no one else looked like her. As the daughter of a black U.S. military father and a Filipina mother, Allen spent much of her early childhood feeling the scorn of her classmates and neighbors in her outlying island community.
“There was a lot of bullying, and also a lot of assumptions,” said Allen, who emigrated from the Philippines to the U.S. with her family when she was 9. “It’s that your father is an absentee father, and that you are the product of an encounter with a prostitute. This is the kind of stigma you experience.”