The professional bio: Deborah Jiang Stein is a writer and public speaker from the melting pot trenches of multiracial America. Born in a federal prison, heroin-exposed, she now leverages her unique background to reach others with her message of resilience and possibility.
She advocates for personal transformation, and believes in the power of every person’s story.
Her book projects in-progress include a short story collection, and a memoir.
Another version About Me, from me: I’m not outside the box, because there never was a box for me. And there’s little need for me to step beyond my comfort zone — I never had one, so my baseline gives me lots of room to stretch. (I highly recommend doing something that makes you a little nervous.)
And…I love to roller skate. Roller Derby, here I come.
Active as a keynote speaker with themes that touch audiences with the power of hope and possibility in every person’s story.
About hundred yard dash: when people asked me my race when I was a girl, I’d say, “100-yard dash.”
I got tired of the Other box.
What am I? A Multiracial Mutt from the sovereignty of Muttdom.
- One of seven million multiracial people in the United States. My ingredients, the ones I know, include: Asian, Greek, Latina, plus a secret hidden document suggesting the “one drop of blood” rule, and who knows what else.
- One of five million Jews (plus a JewBu) and am fascinated by other traditions. Have to explore all our identities – it’s all part of Mutthood.)
- One of 3+ billion females in the world (the U.S. has around 4.8 million more females than males; no wonder it’s hard to find a good man.)
- One of millions of entrepreneurs.
- One of who-knows-how-many billions of mothers in the world.
That’s the every-day part of my Muttness. Here’s where it goes off the charts, all on file with the federal government. Hang on. I’m also:
- One of some: babies born in prison.
- One of some: born heroin-addicted
- One of millions from the foster care system
- One of millions of adoptees
- One of many former drug addicts, and … well, there’s even more.
But I’m the mother of little kids, so I’ll save the rest for another time. My girls have enough to absorb about their mutty mother without adding any more. It’s got to be challenging having a mutt for a mother!
And no, this is not from some Jerry Springer show. It’s all of the above that enables me to coat a little humor and spiritual wellness over even the most somber of subjects.