I wasn’t always proud of my Japanese heritage because my dad never liked the fact that his first son was mixed and looked more Japanese. Lots of people thought I was Thai or South East Asian.
One day I got very upset because some guy was making fun of me because my dad was not living with me and I was not as racially ‘pure’ as him. But then came a Sri Lankan boy named Karnan and he asked me why I was upset, I told him everything. Karnan told me you should always be proud of your heritage and that nothing was wrong with me at all. That was four years ago, and we’ve been best friends since.
I have not gone to Japan because I dont speak good Japanese but I am still learning. Hopefully I’ll make it in the next ten years.