When asked of any unique traits or customs, I immediately think of dinner time at the Alter household.
Since I was born, it has been customary for my family to pray before eating meals. Unlike most typical families, two prayers are rehearsed. We begin the typical ritual with a Jewish prayer delivered in Hebrew, this in respect to my Father’s heritage. A Roman Catholic prayer immediately follows, this honoring my mother’s own religious background.
Whenever guests show surprise or wonder from the oddity at the dinning table, I am once again reminded of the uniqueness of my heritage.
I have lived in South East Asia my whole life, this including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai.
Living in so many destinations and attending a number of different international schools, I have had the opportunity to share and explain my own Hapa identity, as well as hear about the many others who too have unique backgrounds.