I’m a classical musician residing in San Francisco. I am currently composing for a film called “HAFU” which is about the experiences of mixed-Japanese people. Updates on the movie can be seen and heard on www.hafufilm.com and www.wintonwhite.com.
For most of my life I never fit in; from being picked on by the Japanese neighbor’s kids to having mostly white friends in college. I was the token “hafu” kid (or “hapa” in America). I’m a very social person that gets along with a variety of people of all walks, but I have never fit into a mold. Although I like being different, naturally as human beings do, I still would like to fit-in to an extent…or I should say, be accepted.
I take pride in my old-school Japanese upbringing (as we would call in Japanese, “wabi sabi”). I was told that I act more Japanese than guys in Tokyo. Even if many people in Japan may not accept me as a “real Japanese,” the important thing is that I know that I am full Japanese and full American. If people can’t comprehend that, that’s their problem. I am bilingual and bicultural; I speak both and I think in both cultural mindsets; I am both Japanese and American.