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!