My dad is Indian and Syrian and identifies a Middle Eastern and my mom is Japanese and Swedish.
I was born in Canada, but after my mom lost her job we moved to my grandma’s house in Sweden.
I was 12 when we moved and my dad had to homeschool me because I couldn’t speak Swedish.
To my surprise being part Middle Eastern was a much bigger problem than not speaking Swedish. My dad had adopted my mom’s religion and people always stared at me and my dad when we went to church.
Right now I still live with my mom and dad and im a high school senior at a public school in Virginia. The people at my school tell me I look Hispanic or Filipino and “fake” because I dont look very japanese. My boyfriend who is Thai and African-American has to face the same issue, but we are both proud Hapas and looking forward to adding more diversity to our family trees!! :)