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I am proud to be Hapa because our existence as multiracial individuals symbolizes the love shared between two people of different races.

Love, even for a fellow human being you do not know well, has the ability to conquer the ugliness and falsehood of racism.

As a child it was a challenge to embrace my heritage because I grew up in a small town occupied mainly by upper class caucasian citizens. Being so young, I had very little understanding of myself or the world, and felt as though I did not “fit in.”

As I matured I learned to gain more appreciation for my own roots and also other cultures. I cherish the values taught and examples given to me by my relatives. I admire their wisdom and traditions, and I hope never to loose it and to have the courage to share it with others.

Discovering more about my heritage has added much meaning and richness to my experience of life, and contributed to my own self-understanding as well.

The childhood picture I submitted was taken with my mother while at girl scout camp.

2 thoughts on “Okinawan, Slavic

  1. So it’s New Year’s Day 2014 and as I am making my resolutions and thinking about the future, I happen to come across this website and this post, which has made me reflect on my past (funny how these things work).

    Your thoughts on this matter are accurate and beautifully written. The “fitting-in part” is challenging for most people during their formative years but sometimes even more so for those of us who come from two or more very different places ethnically. Without getting too introspective, even in a multicultural mecca like NYC, things can be interesting to say the least (not to mention in other parts of the country or world). I can safely say however, that as the years go by, the cumulative effect of our life experiences tends to make us more comfortable in our skin. Context and meaning, are to a great degree, found in one’s roots but we each carve our own way in this world and the resulting work of art is more unique than anything we could have long ago imagined and / or originally started with…

    I do have two questions for you: Why do you choose to identify yourself as Okinawan, Slavic as opposed to the other way around?

    (Have you thought about it or is this something that you’ve been doing for so long that you can’t place a decision and a starting point to it. I personally have had to think about which culture to lead with when introducing myself once I realized that I had a default option and had been using it for as long as I could remember)

    And why just Slavic, as opposed to being more specific?

    Thanks.

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