Hey! My name is Dominic Poon. I’m 20 and I’m currently studying at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
Throughout my life, being half Chinese half Polish has had its ups and downs. From a young age, I always thought I was just an ordinary kid who got along well with every other kid.
However, as I got older I started to realize that I knew no one who shared a similar heritage to me (apart from my siblings), and so became conscious about the way I looked as compared to other people.
Like most Hapas, I experienced an identity crisis, not being able to really fit in on my Polish side or my Chinese side (and sometimes still feel this way).
Being schooled in Hong Kong until the age of 11, other school kids took a real interest in me because of my supposed unusual mix and looks. Don’t get me wrong, going to school in Hong Kong was great since I made a large set of friends! However I often thought, “Why can’t I just look like everyone else and not have most school kids stare?”
I have visited Poland several times, to see relatives from my Mother’s side. In my teenage years, I used to hate those trips, purely because I hated how so many people would stop and stare and give me weird looks as if to say I don’t belong there. Having lived in the UK since moving from Hong Kong, I began to dislike my heritage even more. Being one of the few Chinese looking kids in school, people often made jokes which involved race a lot of the time. I often thought – “Why can’t I just be white like them?”
But as I grew older I began to realize that being different is good. Being different meant being interesting. Being different meant I could make jokes about how on earth my parents met.
I would like to thank the makers of this site as I’m so glad to connect to all you Hapas out there, who share similar views and experiences to me!