I was born in Yokosuka, Japan at a Naval Hospital. I spent most of my time growing up in Sasebo, Japan. I learned how to speak both Japanese and English, and was well educated in both Japanese and American culture. I attended school on a Navy Base until the age of 7.
I moved to Minnesota and attended school from 3rd – 12th grade here. It was quite the drastic change. While I lived in Japan I mostly ate Japanese food. The availability of Japanese food in Minnesota was scarce. I could only buy certain things at Asian grocery stores and had to go to Japanese restaurants to fulfill my cravings for Japanese food.
At school I did not know any other Asians except for a few. The majority of my friends were Caucasian. But it was nice to have peers that were interested in my background and where I was from. I usually found myself telling stories in class or educating fellow students about Japan and its culture. I even took up Japanese as my language class. It was quite easy, I quickly became a teacher’s pet and somewhat of a teacher to the other students as well.
I am more in touch with my Japanese heritage than anything else, though I do wish to become more educated in Korean, German and Polish eventually. I know a few words in Korean, I like certain Korean foods, and I watch Korean dramas. I used to take a German language class from 3rd – 8th grade. The only side I haven’t been getting in touch with is my Polish background.
I look forward to learning more about who I am as a person. I want to be able to relate to everything instead of just Japanese. Knowledge and understanding is key to appreciating life and all the cultures it has to offer.
I could go on forever about this topic so I should probably make this come to an end. I am open to talking to other Hapas out there. Please feel free to leave me a comment. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this. (: