My name is Nikky and I live in Florida. I am Japanese, Irish, Italian, German, and Czech. I will frequently get the question, “what is your ethnic background?” Once I tell them the long list of nationalities they are usually pretty amazed. I really like being hapa, where I live it’s definitely a rarity.
My grandmother is Japanese and met my grandfather in Japan while he was over there after the war. I really enjoy hearing my grandmother’s stories because she lived in Japan when the country was going through a time of turmoil. It makes me really proud to have her be a big part of my life. I love being hapa because I can identify with many nationalities and really feel unique.