|My sous chef in the kitchen is big on tasting|
I hail from Southern California, born and raised in Orange County. I consider myself blessed to grow up in a place where the beach, snow, and desert are all less than 2 hours away. Not only that, but Orange County has such a rich tradition of mixing cultures that I appreciate every day. Factor in a pretty good sized Japanese American (JA) community, and I am a pretty happy Miss Mochi.
By day, I am a veterinary technician, and my original passion will always be animals. I was fortunate enough to be raised in a pretty rural environment for suburban America, complete with horses, chickens, and herding dogs on our partial acre. My blog posts "Hapa Farm Girl" focus on chickens, gardening, and all sort of gems from my upbringing.
|Mr. Mochi, Miss Mochi, and the Bro-Chi|
In regards to what "Hapa" means:
Hapa, literally “half” in Hawaiian, was originally used as a derogatory term to describe people of biracial ancestry. Today, many multiracial individuals of Asian or Pacific Islander descent have embraced the word as a term of prideful self-identification. Although some object to the term’s appropriation and perceived misuse outside of its traditional Hawaiian context, “Hapa” has been widely adopted by the Asian and Pacific Islander multiracial communities, and even by some multiracial, non-Asians. (Taken from Hapa Voice)
Being multiracial is something that I have struggled with in the past, in regards to self identity. Being branded "white" by my looks, but being raised by a JA grandmother, I felt out of place in both Caucasian and Asian circles. Nowadays, I pride myself on being a happy Hapa, and hope to share this experience with you.
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