My dad is Scottish, Irish, German and my mother is Japanese, and I constantly get asked “What are you?”
I identify with both my white and Asian side. My brothers and I speak Japanese and have visited Japan many times. We celebrate Japanese holidays such as boys’/girls’ day and on New Year’s, we go to Little Tokyo in Downtown L.A. to be part of the Japanese celebration.
I feel like at my core, however, I have more of a Japanese influence because of the way my mother raised me with Japanese rituals and behaviors.
I’ve had some problems in middle school where I felt like I didn’t fit in, and I even tried to look and act more “white” than “Asian.”
Now, I embrace my ethnicity because it’s unique, and it’s been amazing being part of two very different cultures at once. I love being Hapa.