I am of Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, German, English and Spanish descent!
My Japanese grandma met a US merchant marine while stationed in Yokohama and the rest was history! My European mixed grandpa’s nickname was “chico” because he was a 6 foot 5 giant!
My Chinese mother initially met my dad while she was waitressing at her dad’s restaurant in Portland, and they started dating 5 years later when they both ran into each other at a sushi bar.
My Chinese grandpa was a Japanese POW, so it was difficult for him to accept my Hapa-Japanese dad but he eventually grew to accept him as part of the family.
I grew up in a predominantly Asian community in Southern California, so I felt at home with who I was. However, when I went to college everyone was white and called me out on my Asian ethnicity like it was a neon blimp in the sky. That was my first true experience feeling like an outsider, but it also allowed me to share my story and I learned that people really just are curious. However, some people would make fun of me for having “Asian eyes” and I thought it was the most immature thing coming from people in their early twenties!
I studied abroad in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Taiwan and Hawaii and all the locals thought that I was a native. They would try to speak to me in their language, and I would shock them when they realized I was a foreigner! I felt like a chameleon that could blend into any Asian country!
I don’t have any Asian friends since they are a rarity where I now live. I sound very Italian when I speak, and it tends to throw a lot of people off. They think that I am a 6 foot white dude until they see me in person. In my dating life, I tend to get along better with white and African American girls for some reason. However, I am attracted to mixed girls so I am definitely a smorgasbord when it comes to the dating :D