I’m Martin. My dad is of German, English and French roots while my mom is full Japanese. I mainly grew up with my dad, so my Japanese side wasn’t explored as much during my childhood.
When I would tell others I was half Japanese, they would be surprised or even not believe me!
I don’t have many Japanese features, I have a German last name and I grew up in Iowa. My oldest brother looks more Japanese, yet my brothers and I always fell under the category of “white/Caucasian.”
I started getting into Japanese culture in high school and later. I took Japanese in high school and loved the language.
I am proud to be a Hapa. I enjoy being able to have various cultures that I can associate with.