I was born in Australia and have gone back and forth between living here and in America.
The first time I went to the Philippines for a vacation with my cousins, I got a lot of weird looks and honestly did not feel like I fit in.
Throughout my life I’ve been stuck wondering what side I’m closer to. I got bullied in school for being part Asian, especially during my younger years, and it made me hate my appearance and dream of just being “normal.” I remember crying and crying because it wasn’t my fault — I was born like this.As I’ve grown older I’ve met others with similar issues and it’s made me stronger and more proud of my Asian heritage. I was always a shy individual (being in an all boys school didn’t help) but with the help of friends I learned that talking to girls wasn’t as scary as I thought, and I started to open up to new people little by little. Nowadays I live my life as a young adult with determination — I won’t give up ’till my dream comes true because I met somebody special who takes away all my insecurities and replaces them with love.
Being Hapa has been a struggle for me, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Just remember this: don’t let anyone ridicule you for being yourself. Show them you’re an equal, and show them you’re strong.
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