Fused Generations of Ethnicity, Religion and Lifestyles–Bianca Kirn

Interview by Alexia Sorich

Born in Hong Kong on the 12th of July 1989.

“I love Thai people. Everyone has a funny sense of humor; they’re just so open and friendly”

Alexia: I notice your background comes from a variety of ethnicities; your mother Is Thai/ Chinese and your father is Greek/German; did you grow up knowing all these cultures?

Bianca: My Yaiya; my Greek grandmother lived with us in Hong Kong. She was loud, bossy, lovely and very Greek. She taught my sisters and I how to bake, cook and conserve. She was always looking for ways to use everything more than once. She played a major influence in my life growing up and I love her for that. “She always smelled like butter”. She met my German Grandfather in World War II, in Greece. My mother being Thai always brought the family to Thailand to visit our Thai family. It was a little hard to communicate; yet we could understand a little bit. With all this I experienced all aspects of my heritage. In most cultures of course family is important, we always have big family reunions where we greet everyone by placing our palms together in a Buddhist praying way and we “sawadee”.

Alexia: I actually know this very well; also being very Greek; although I only had one religion growing up; I do love all cultures. But how was it growing up with many different religions, and do you find yourself to be a religious person?

Bianca; All my cultures played a major role in the way I grew up. My Yaiya (grandma), who was raised Christian, taught us about the bible. And my mother was a Buddhist, and she taught us their beliefs.

Alexia: Does your family understand this diversity in Religious upbringing?

Bianca; My family is very open when it comes to religion, we have our own choice and we don’t necessarily have to choose one. I personally practice Buddhism pretty much for now; yet I think all religions are beautiful and I feel it Is very important that we really understand them all.“I’ve met so many kids just like me who are mixed from all over. The crazy mixed kids are the new generation that’s going to take over the world.”

Alexia: How many brothers and sisters did you grow up with?

Bianca; I am the second child of 4. My older sister is 23 and my two younger sisters are 13, identical twins.

Alexia: Growing up in Hong Kong after attending an American school you moved to Thailand; now in Thailand after eight years you developed a passion for modeling; how was this? And whom do you idolize most?

Bianca: My mother used to be a supermodel in Thailand, and was one of the first to fly out of Bangkok to work in other countries. I grew up looking at her pictures wishing I could someday be her. I want to be able to take care of my single mother who has raised my three sisters and I all on her own! I idolize her for her strength and her wisdom. She is the most amazing woman I’ve ever met.

Alexia: Would you say modeling is your passion?

Bianca: My passion is music, writing, art and dancing. I studied ballet for about 6 years and left because I was more interested in dancing like the girls in music videos. I also enjoy a great trance of music. I plug in my MP3 and just enjoy the melodies.

Alexia: What would your play list consist of?

Bianca; My typical playlist has The Ramones, Madonna, The Doors, David Bowie, Duran Duran, The Gypsy Kings, Peaches, New Young Pony Club, Calvin Harris, Lykke Li, Morcheeba, The Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, The Chemical Brothers, Moby, The Get Up Kids, Jets to Brazil.

Alexia: Would you say modeling is forever or do you have other dreams you want to turn into a reality.

Bianca: I would love to go to New York; it’s my dream. Everyone says Hong Kong’s an Asian New York. I love the fast-paced city life. I would love to work for an amazing magazine company like ID, The Face, Nylon, Glamour, or In Style. I’m interested in studying fashion marketing, fashion design and communication arts. I would love to be a buyer.

Alexia: Who are you favorite designers, and who would you love to work for?

Bianca; My favorite top designers are Chanel, Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy.

Alexia: You seem very in tune with your nature of being; as a person who shares the same dreams, I am here to say dreams do become a reality. What passions can you share with us which involve your personal persona?

Bianca: “I just love living ,I love nature, I love waking up in the morning and going for a walk when the sun is out.” My life has taught me to accept the value of culture. I do hope to one day encounter world

peace. I think the beauty lies within everyone to be able to accomplish this. I believe in living life to the fullest, helping people whenever I/you can. I try to be the best person I can be. Living in Thailand has really

opened my eyes to how much religion shapes up a community. In Thailand, Buddhism teaches us to give. Give whenever we can to help those who are unfortunate. In Thailand we call it “Tum Boon”. In other words give and expect nothing in return. I’m really idealistic and creative. I always have so many ideas on everything.

Alexia: Rock on girl; for words and behaviors are more powerful than most materialistic objects. I could not have said it any better. Thank You.

Bianca; “Thank you so much”