Married At First Sight’s Alana Lister reveals her ethnic background

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Married At First Sight’s Alana Lister reveals her ethnic background – and says it’s the most commonly asked question she gets from fans

Married At First Sight’s Alana Lister has answered one of the most commonly asked questions about her life: what exactly is her ethnicity?

The Gold Coast school teacher, 30, revealed during an Instagram Q&A on Thursday that she is Sino-Mauritian, or a Mauritian of Chinese descent.

She explained her father is Chinese and her mother is South African, and that she was born in Mauritius before moving to Australia as a child.

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'This one gets asked all the time': Married At First Sight's Alana Lister has answered one of the most commonly asked questions about her life: what exactly is her ethnicity?

‘This one gets asked all the time’: Married At First Sight’s Alana Lister has answered one of the most commonly asked questions about her life: what exactly is her ethnicity?

Mauritius is an island nation about 2,000km east of Africa in the Indian Ocean. 

‘This one gets asked all the time. My mum is South African and my dad is Chinese but my family is from Mauritius,’ Alana told fans.

‘So we grew up in Mauritius. That’s where my mum and dad met because South Africa is really close to Mauritius.

‘My older sister, she started primary school there, and then we all moved over to Australia. So we are Sino-Mauritian.’

Background: The Gold Coast school teacher, 30, revealed during an Instagram Q&A on Thursday that she is Sino-Mauritian, or a Mauritian of Chinese descent

Background: The Gold Coast school teacher, 30, revealed during an Instagram Q&A on Thursday that she is Sino-Mauritian, or a Mauritian of Chinese descent

Family: Alana (seen on her second birthday) explained her father is Chinese and her mother is South African, and that she was born in Mauritius before moving to Australia as a child

Family: Alana (seen on her second birthday) explained her father is Chinese and her mother is South African, and that she was born in Mauritius before moving to Australia as a child

Alana was born Sinead Chong and went by this name throughout primary and high school, Daily Mail Australia revealed in February.

She changed her name to Alana Lister after graduating in 2009, and began to overhaul her appearance with cosmetic enhancements around this time.

Alana’s name change was supposedly inspired by Brisbane street artist Anthony Lister, whose work she admired.

Name change: She was born Sinead Chong and went by this name until the end of high school. Alana's name change was inspired by street artist Anthony Lister, whose work she admired

Name change: She was born Sinead Chong and went by this name until the end of high school. Alana’s name change was inspired by street artist Anthony Lister, whose work she admired

Some friends noticed her name could be shortened to ‘A. Lister’ and joked that she may have been planning to become famous.

She was paired with 35-year-old construction estimator Jason Engler on this year’s season of Married At First Sight.

They agreed to stay together at their final vows, which were filmed in December, but split shortly thereafter. 

What's in a name? At the start of the year, she still referred to herself as 'Alana Sinead Lister' on Facebook. She's said to have changed her name from Sinead Chong to Alana Lister in 2009

What’s in a name? At the start of the year, she still referred to herself as ‘Alana Sinead Lister’ on Facebook. She’s said to have changed her name from Sinead Chong to Alana Lister in 2009

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