I am proud to be Hapa because I feel it is becoming the defining American experience, to be multiracial. The U.S. was founded by immigrants, and continues to be the destination dream country for expatriates around the world. The face of America is one of ethnic diversity and multicultural identity.
Being biracial I am faced with the challenge of having to “choose” between whether I am White or Asian. I feel that if I was 3/4 of one race, and 1/4 of another, it may be easier for me. But I have even heard for some, whose racial makeup is so, they still claim the 1/4 of their heritage as their nationality.
My mother used to say to checkmark “White” when filling out forms or identifying myself, because my last name was from my father’s side and he was the Caucasian parent. I begged to differ especially since I had no family in England, Ireland, or Germany, but nearly all my relatives were in Seoul. Where I grew up, Whites were the minority, so I had always hung out with Asians. But I still always felt like I stuck out, that I didn’t quite fit in completely.
Being of Korean heritage, the 100 Days birthday of a baby is always celebrated (as it was for me) within our American family. We also take off our shoes in the house, and all guests are required to respect the same custom. Oh, and I always have a jar of kimchi (cabbage or cucumber) in my fridge…does that count? :)