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Merle Dandridge Parents: Kiyoko Sang Pedersen And Andrew Dandridge

Meet Merle Dandridge’s parents — Kiyoko Sang Pedersen And Andrew Dandridge.

This article attempts to discuss their heritage, age, job, and marriage. You will also learn about their current residence as of 2022. ( So, keep scrolling down as this article unfolds information on Merle Dandridge’s parents.

Who Are Merle Dandridge Parents?

Actress Merle Dandridge was born to her parents Andrew Dandridge and Kiyoko Sang Pedersen. She was born in Okinawa, Japan in 1975.

But, her fans were also wondering if the actress was related to 1950s actress Dorothy Dandridge. Dorothy was the first Black woman to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her role of Carmen in Carmen Jones.

However, they are not related only share similar last names. Carmen had one daughter Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas who died in 2003.

Back to her parents, in March 2021, she posted a picture of her parents from their wedding day. She captioned the post, “This is me. I am the conflation of cultures. I am a bridge. At times, a bridge is not welcome…but it is still necessary. It is the path to deeper understanding, empathy, our shared humanity.”

Read more about her parents below.

Meet Merle Dandridge Father, Andrew Dandridge

Merle Dandridge’s father Andrew Dandridge (Pic: Instagram)

Merle Dandridge’s father is of African-American heritage. On Father’s Day 2017, she wrote on her Instagram, “He taught me to stand up, stand tall and walk with purpose. Love you, Dad. And Happy Father’s Day to all those brilliant persevering fathers out there. You make a difference .”

  • Andrew Dandridge Age

On 28 September 2021, Andrew Dandridge turned 79 years old.

  • Andrew Dandridge Job

Andrew Dandridge’s father was in the military. His actress daughter tweeted in April 2021, “My father started his military career during the civil rights movement sitting in the back of the bus to serve his country. How far have we come?”

According to OpenGovUs, he was associated with NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION. It was a tax-exempt organization filed with IRS.

  • What Is Andrew Dandridge Nationality?

Andrew Dandridge is of American nationality.

  • Is Andrew Dandridge On IG?

No, Andrew Dandridge is not on Instagram but is featured on his daughter’s Instagram and Facebook.

Meet Merle Dandridge Mother, Kiyoko Sang Pedersen 

Merle Dandridge with her mother Kiyoko Sang Pedersen (Pic: Merle’s Twitter)

Kiyoko Sang Pedersen, the mother of Merle Dandridge, is of Korean-Japanese descent. In May 2019, she wished her mom Mother’s Day via an IG post. She wrote, “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are gray.” I love you, Mommy. #mothersday.

Because she was a mixed child, Kiyoko often mentioned the discrimination she could receive as a mixed-race kid.

“My mother belongs to two cultures that didn’t accept her 100 percent,” Merle told the Center for Asian American Media in 2016. “So she had this understanding of rejection based on her own experiences. She would look at me and say, ‘You are of different ethnicities, and you might not always be accepted, so go into the world knowing that and know that you are more than that. You are beautiful.’ And in many ways, she instilled a sense of who I was and gave me ways to encounter fears of not being fully accepted.”

  • Kiyoko Sang Pedersen Age

Reportedly born in 1942, Kiyoko San Pedersen is 79 years old (as of 2022). On 8 April she wished her mom happy birthday with an IG post while quoting Maya Angelou.

  • Kiyoko Sang Pedersen Job

According to one IG post of Merle, Kiyoko Sang Pedersen attending Nursing school. So, she might have pursued a career as a nurse.

  • What Is Kiyoko Sang Pedersen Nationality?

Kiyoko Sang Pedersen is of Japanese nationality.

  • Is Kiyoko Sang Pedersen On IG?

No, Kiyoko Sang Pedersen doesn’t seem to be on any of the social media platforms. However, Merle features her on her Facebook and Instagram.

Related FAQs

  • How Many Kids Do Merle Dandridge Parents Have?

Merle Dandridge seems to be the only child her parents shared. However, she has an elder sister named Jen, an artist, who celebrates her birthday on 24 June. Whereas in May 2016, Merle tweeted, “My mother. Survivor of 2 wars, the loss of 2 children, learned English while in nursing school. She is my hero.”

  • Are Merle Dandridge Parents Still Married?

No, Merle Dandridge’s parents divorced after her birth. However, how long their marriage lasted is yet to be shared. Furthermore, her mother Kiyoko later married Dean T Pedersen from Council Bluffs, Iowa who is 87 years old as of 2022.

  • Where Do Merle Dandridge Parents Reside?

Merle Dandridge’s father Andrew lives in Cordova, Tennessee whereas her mother Kiyoko resides in Council Bluffs.

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