This is a list of sample interview questions sent to participants before their scheduled interviews. These questions were created to inspire conversation; interviews were structured to follow the flow of conversation. Not every one of these questions were asked during each interview.
- What is your name, pronouns (if preferred), and year in school?
- Where are you (literally) from?
- How do you identify yourself (e.g., Filipino American, LGBTQIA+, mixed race, woman)?
- Do you have any nicknames or aliases you feel comfortable sharing? How did you get those nicknames?
- What made you choose to go to [school]?
- What is your major? How did you choose your major?
- What extracurricular activities do you take part in?
- What does it mean to be [identity]?
- What does it mean to be “American”?
- When was a moment you realized you were [ethnicity]? [Other identity/ies]?
- Have you ever felt “too American” or “too [ethnicity]” before? When/why?
- What does “authentic [identity]” look like or mean to you?
- Have you ever felt “not [identity] enough”? When/why?
- Have you travelled to [ancestral country]?
- Describe a memory, event, or image that exemplifies or symbolizes being [identity] to you.
Preparing for the poetry exercise
- What is “home” to you?
- Where is it? Who’s there? What’s there?
- What reminds you of “home”?
- What would you tell your past/younger self, knowing what you know now?
- What would you like to tell/remind your future self, as you are now?
- Do you have any advice for any first years, incoming students, and other people who may identify—now or later—as [identity]?