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Hi! My name is Erina and I just learned the term “Jewpanese.”

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! =)

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