Never Accepted As American While Abroad

J Smith

I’ve spent several years living outside the US (Europe, Asia, Africa) and being half Japanese, I am always mistaken for being from the continent of Asia. Even when I tell people repeatedly that I am also half white and that my Japanese side of the family has been in the US for over 100 years, people still ask me about what life is like in Japan. People bow to me, ask me how to roll sushi, or tell me the two words they know in Japanese on a regular basis. I think most of it has to do with the media in the US in that almost everyone they see in Hollywood is white and hence, they have a really hard time understanding how an Asian looking person can also be American.


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