I am so happy that I discovered this site this year because it made me realize how happy I am to be Hapa!
My name is Joy Stephanie. I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. I came to America when I was 8 years old.
I did not really question my ethnicity when I was little for some reason. I did not know that I was mixed with Chinese, Spanish and Malaysian until I was in 5th grade.
My mom is Filipino and Spanish and my dad is Filipino and Chinese. My grandma (from my mom side) has some Spanish descent. I think my mom told me that I also have some Malaysian blood.
People have mistaken me for full Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, and someone even told me that I do not look Filipino. I speak very fluent Tagalog. I do not know how to speak Chinese I wish I did. I know some Spanish. I can learn some Malaysian. I do want to learn more about Chinese culture. I believe that my background makes me unique.