(VICE) - “My own conservatism is not tied to any ethnic or cultural background. Being biethnic—Italian and Middle Eastern—I never felt I quite fit into any group. I learned Chinese in college and enjoyed experiencing my step-mother’s Hispanic culture.
I believed in individualism, and was taught at a young age not to judge people for what they look like or where they came from but the content of their character. My political ideology lies within what’s called “classical liberalism,” but it took years of studying while shuffling around various conservative groups to even know how to describe myself. “