Hi. My name is Genevieve, and I am part Filipino, Chinese, Spanish, and Italian.
I hadn’t really heard of the term “hapa” until I was in my twenties. I just knew that I had mixed ancestry and never really felt different or excluded because of it. My father is part Filipino, Spanish, and Italian. My mother is part Filipino and Chinese.
I mostly identify with being Filipino and am very proud of my culture. I was born in the Philippines, but grew up in the US (Chicago). I now live in Toronto, Canada.
Canada, and even Chicago, are very multiracial and culturally diverse cities. So I was always exposed to other cultures. But yes, most of the time people ask me what my ethnic background is. I don’t take offense to this and even find it amusing at times (It’s funny how they look so perplexed and surprised when I do tell them).
I am proud to be of mixed heritage and would like to get to know you guys as well. Thanks and glad to meet you!
If you are interested in getting to know me better, I am on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MyNameIsGenevieve and here, on wordpress at http://genevievelimgallo.wordpress.com/. See you soon!