My name is Ariana Rose.
My mom is Filipina and my dad is an American Jew with green eyes, red hair, and very light skin. He has a mixture of Russian and Lithuanian blood.
I used to shy away from telling people what nationality I was in preschool and elementary school, because I thought looking different made me unattractive, but once I got older I realized that it’s a very special thing to be Hapa, someone who gets to claim more than one background and have their own unique look. Continue reading
It’s a mixed bag with Asians who believe me when I say I am Japanese (1/4). Many actually think I am half, because I look a lot like Becky, a hafu singer from Japan. I think I look Japanese.
My mother is a Japanese-Jew! I like being different, and I love being a Japanese Jew because I am truly super-unique just like my personality. I’ve been labeled “weird” all my life, and I think it comes from my unique ethnic background. Continue reading
Hello Hapeoples! Really enjoying reading these posts, reminds me that I’m not alone.
Like many others here, I had a difficult time growing up mixed. Being ostracized solely because of my racial background was frustrating and not fun to say the least. Eventually though, I came to realize that having a mixed heritage is not an affliction but a real gift.
Being able to draw from a wider range of influences, exposure to a broader spectrum of opportunities and possibilities… Being Hapa is a fortunate thing.
One thing I feel being multiracial has given me (and the part I probably appreciate the most) is the ability to empathize with other people regardless of ethnicity, to look beyond skin tone and feel a connection to something larger and more profound than race. Continue reading