My mom’s from Hiroshima, my dad’s from Florida. They met in Hawaii, moved to New York, had me in Florida, moved to Japan, and moved back to Honolulu!
I am now 17, and have been living on this beautiful island for about 16 years. Hawaii’s whole “vibe” is very unique as there are many mixed people like myself, and I noticed that I don’t really associate people with their race anymore. I see everyone being part of this one community here at home, instead of being “this race” or “that race.” I feel like this is the way it should be…everywhere.
My name is Vince and I currently live and work in San Francisco. My mom is a native of the Philippines (her father was part Chinese), and my dad has had his roots in the US for several decades.
I was born and raised in a small suburb about 20 miles east of Sacramento. It was a very quiet and conservative town while I was growing up, with nearly 95% of the population being Caucasian. While I did enjoy my childhood and wouldn’t trade it for anything, I always felt different growing up as the only kid I knew who wasn’t fully white.
Hey, I’m Melonie, and I have the unique identity of being half Caucasian (Mother’s side) and half Vietnamese (Father’s side).
I am so excited that I found out about this site! I have only met a handful of people who are mixed with Asian and some other ethnicity, and it is pretty awesome being able to see and learn about so many others who are just like me.
Although I have not met many people with similar ethnic backgrounds with mine, I have never had a problem with fitting in to a specific group or feeling isolated and left out. In fact, I feel like my multiracial background has given me the advantage of fitting in with a wider variety of groups.
For instance, since I am not completely Caucasian, I feel more comfortable around groups of people that are not white such as Asians, Hispanics, or African Americans. Similarly, since I am half Caucasian, I can still feel just as comfortable in a group of white people! Many of my friends are very excited that I am half Asian because most of them have never met someone with such an ethnic background.
My name is Anthony and I am half Filipino (Mother) and half Caucasian (Father).
I was born in the Philippines, grew up in the United States, and I am now back in the Philippines.
When I was a little kid, I thought of my racial background to be an asset. I always thought it was cool to tell people that I was born in a different country. It wasn’t until middle school that my racial background started to bother me.
Asians didn’t really consider me to be Asian, and Non-Asians considered me to be just Asian. Some people would tease me by squinting or pulling their eyes to make them “chinky,” tell me “Ching chong, ching chong,” and say stuff like “Go back to Asia.”
As I look back, I find it very ridiculous and wished that I didn’t let them get to me.
I was adopted at birth (open adoption by a white couple) and at first I didn’t know much about the Samoan half of my heritage because we never lived in an area with any kind of Pacific Islander population.
The adoption by the white family posed a rather unique challenge because I grew up within that culture and act more “white.” My knowledge of my Samoan culture is purely academic but I am meeting more people since finally moving to an ethnically diverse city. Continue reading
Being Hapa is a blessing in so many ways.
No matter where I’ve lived in the world, there is always a question as to my background.
I am a conversation starter as I do not fit into a box or stereotype, and I’m grateful.
There have been times where I’ve faced racism and had to define who I am or prove my worth, but for the most part, Hapa identity is more visible and accepted than when I was younger. Continue reading
I absolutely love being Hapa!
I am half Japanese, half Caucasian and my dad’s parents are from Britain. My mom’s dad grew up in Hawaii even though he is Japanese and married a Japanese woman in Japan.
It is true though, growing up I hardly knew who to identify with, as I could never call myself Asian and my friends have always been a mix of races, while I wish in a way there was a group of Hapas I could just, be like, hey I’m Hapa let’s be friends! As Chinese people can easily make friends with Chinese, or Indians, make friends with Indians, or as in my boyfriend’s case, Russians make friends with Russians!
Like every child, I observed around me trying to find people that looked like me.
I think we all want to find someone that has some kind of traits or looks that remind us of ourselves.
We all do this as children to come to terms with ‘what we are’ and try to identify with our race and heritage. I remember doing this but never really finding anyone like me.
Since a young age I’ve always felt alienated but never really knew how to express it. It’s not so easy to express how you feel about your race when you’re surrounded by only two opposite sides of the spectrum. Caucasian and Asian.
I grew up in a place that is full of diversity and culture. Sadly, I always felt out of place.
Even among my group of friends that are all Asian, sometimes I would get side remarks of being a “whitey.” It didn’t seem to make sense much considering that I am only ¼ Caucasian.
My mother is Caucasian Vietnamese, and my father is Chinese Vietnamese. Amazingly enough I was able to pull my mother’s strong features. My mother embraced her Vietnamese heritage, and had denied her Caucasian side. Continue reading