My mother was born and raised in Nagasaki, Japan but immigrated to America after meeting my dad in America while she was studying abroad. They only knew each other a couple of months before he proposed but they have been together for 25+ years now.
All my life I think I really tried to be thought of or accepted as Japanese, I don’t really look Asian (my dad has very strong genes!) I had a really hard time growing up being Hapa because I felt like I did not belong but as I have met other Hapas and have grown older.
I feel like there is just this growing community of others who knew exactly how I felt and went through the same things and that has made me proud to be just who I am. That there is something special in just being Hapa! =)