The weirdest place I’ve ever gotten asked my ethnicity? In an amusement park haunted house, by a man dressed as a werewolf.

I get asked my ethnicity more often than I actually get asked my name. We live in a society where mixing races is a taboo subject, and is still new possibility to the world around us.

My name is Courtney Cheung-Spence; I am Chinese, German, and Swedish. My European, blonde, blue-eyed, freckle baring mother often gets mistaken as a friend, or perhaps an adoptive parent. My Asian, black haired, Oriental-eyed, youthful looking father, has often, and uncomfortably been mistaken as my date, whether it be at the movies, or at a restaurant. Is it that difficult to believe that I may possibly be the biological offspring of two different races?

At the end of the day, I am proud to be Hapa. My heritage is something I embrace, not something I hide. If you want to know where I’m from, all you need to do is ask.

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