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Being part Japanese, part American Indian, part Caucasian, this blog is my journey of self discovery through cooking and living my unique heritage. Join me on this adventure! Along for the ride are my Australian Shepherd, Tiara, my very patient boyfriend, Mr. Mochi, and troupe of friends and family always willing to eat something new and exciting.

 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 Marie.

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.

In regards to what "Hapa" means:

ha•pa (hä’pä) adj. 1. Slang. Of mixed racial heritage with partial roots in Asian and/or Pacific Islander ancestry. n. 2. Slang. A person of such ancestry.
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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See Also:
Humble Pie: Life Lessions
My City and Milk Toast

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  1. I'm Hapa too and while I look more white than Japanese, I was raised in a very traditional Japanese way. Nice to meet you.

    1. The more I blog, the more I find Hapas like me! Love your site! I love getting comments from people like me!

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  3. Way back in July you commented on my post on Serious Eats about leaving dough out overnight and said you'd like to see the Springerle cookies I described (spilling out on to the cookie sheet). Due to some family emergencies, I couldn't get back to this until now. It's not really eye candy for the Serious Eats Photograzing crowd and I don't have another good way of getting the photo to you. Is there an address I could send the photo to or someplace on your blog for photos? Please let me know via e-mail: sd_ducksoup at (trying to miss some spam by leaving the @ sign out of the address). Best Regards, David

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  5. aloha miss mochi! can you please contact me at Growing up in hawaii, I grew up with a lot of hapas. Please contact me at I would like to talk to you offline about recipes.

  6. I'm hapa, too. Not hapa haoli, but hapa flip! I grew up in Japan but immersed in diversity (U.S. military/Catholic school for foreigners...) Some friends who are psychologists thought I had no culture to claim my own, but I have multitude of culture embedded in me and I am soooo proud of being international and who I am! Thank you for making this site, Ms. Mochi.

    1. I might have gotten into a little bit of an intellectual throw-down with anyone who claimed I had no culture to claim as my own.

      Hapa pride! Not only do we get to drawn from the multitudes of culture that we are exposed to, we also have our own unique experience and culture.

  7. I don't know if you have children but thought you might be interested in the book "the favorite daughter" by Allen Say. The little girl looks a lot like you & the story addresses common hap a experiences. Happy reading! Li Ann

  8. Wow your site looks great! Glad I stopped by...look forward to catching up on your posts! =)

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  10. Hi Miss Mochi, another Hapa from OC here. :) Love your site, and about to follow you on Pinterest.

    I wondered if you were familiar with the book Part Asian, 100% Hapa by Kip Fulbeck. It's a book of portraits of Hapas and their answers to the question, "What are you?" Very interesting to see the combinations of ethnicities and the way mixed people (and children!) describe themselves. My daughter loves to look at the blonde, blue and green eyed children because they look like us, and the dark haired women that look like our aunties.

    Good luck to you! Looking forward to exploring your recipes. Andrea

    1. I am definitely familiar with Kip Fulbeck's work, and I am very excited to see his new exhibit on Japanese Tattooing that is a feature right now at the Japanese American National Museum right now in Little Tokyo.

      I love his collection of photographs showing many different hapas. It shows the variety of features that we are blessed with, and demonstrates never to judge a person by their looks. Everyone, hapa or not, has a unique heritage and a story to tell.

  11. As a fellow food blogger, I can really respect and appreciate all the awesome creations you make :) I found this blog while Google various Ramen noodle 'hacks' (which are AWESOME; I just made Ramen sushi!), and found your crispy Ramen treat. I plan on trying it sometime! It looks great!

    Also, I totally wouldn't complain if you went to Not at all. You'really awesome Miss Mochi!