Carmichael was not an ethnically diverse community when TV reporter Lisa Ling was growing up in the area, the Del Campo High School alumnus (Class of 1991) told Entertainment Today.
"I grew up in a community outside of Sacramento, California, called Carmichael," Ling, who hosts "Our America," a documentary series on Oprah Winfrey’s new cable network OWN, said in an interview. "There were five Asian kids in my school and two were in the same family, mine. So it was not the most diverse community.”
She told Entertainment Today that when she was a little girl she always had a conflict of identity.
“I never felt comfortable or totally American, because I had black hair and slanty eyes," Ling said. "And I couldn’t connect with people from China, because I didn’t live there. So I always felt different.”
Ling is now endorsing Del Campo's fundraising efforts for a new athletic stadium.