Ayako Hosaka Umai Ngiraitpang | 穂坂文子
“Do you consider to be biracial, bicultural or both?”
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|Lived in||Palau - Japan|
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|Speaks||English - Japanese|
Both. biracial because of my ethnicities AND bicultural because of my experiences. As a child living in Tachikawa AFB, Japan my contact with my relatives, food, language, and people was a wonderful cultural experience. I was accepted as Hafu and my relatives always told me that I had the best of both worlds. Today, living in the Midwest I have had very minimal contact with anyone Japanese. It makes me sad as I long for Japan. This project is wonderful as I feel connected again and less “lonely” for being the only Hafu that I know of here in Kansas City. Race and Cultural should always be celebrated! Our differences are what make each one of us unique and beautiful in our OWN way!!
Both. I think race is a social construct and the term we should always be using is ethnicity or ethnicities. All of us are bicultural, i.e. even if we have only been exposed to the food or language which is a part of culture even if not living in Japan. There’s a lot of confusion about this IMO. Of course if one does not feel like a bicultural person then maybe he/she is not. 😉