I was adopted at birth (open adoption by a white couple) and at first I didn’t know much about the Samoan half of my heritage because we never lived in an area with any kind of Pacific Islander population.
The adoption by the white family posed a rather unique challenge because I grew up within that culture and act more “white.” My knowledge of my Samoan culture is purely academic but I am meeting more people since finally moving to an ethnically diverse city.
My son was born in December 2011 and he’s half-Japanese in addition to being 1/4 Samoan and 1/4 White. It’s going to be an adventure teaching him about his heritage. :) It also helps that I am finally getting to know my biological parents so he has a chance to learn from both sides of his family (the parents who raised me are unfortunately now deceased).