I’ll be completely honest, I haven’t identified myself as Hapa until recently.
Ever since I was a child I’ve always identified myself as Swedish since that’s all I really knew.
The few times I’ve seen my mother, she’s never given me a good reason to be proud of being Filipino, and to be honest I was rather ashamed and resented my Filipino culture.
As I matured I slowly learned to appreciate both my cultures. Though I still mostly embrace my Swedish side, I am no longer ashamed of being Filipino.
Over the years, especially in recent months, I’ve met some amazing people who have really opened my eyes.
I can proudly say I’m Hapa now to people who ask me my heritage.