Hungarian and Japanese
Dr. Stacey Naito
What is your blended heritage?
I am Half Filipino and Half Dutch
Where are your mother and father from?
My mother was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii, while my biological father was born and raised in Gyor, Hungary.
What do you love the most of your blended heritage?
I love the fact that I can fit into any social situation without being pegged as a certain ethnicity.
What is your response when people ask, “What are you?”
I simply tell them, “half Japanese and half Hungarian”.
What was your experience as a blended kid?
I was teased by the rich Caucasian kids I went to school with for being and looking different. I was also teased by Japanese-American kids for looking different from them. However, because I stood out, I truly believe that it made me stronger, and more willing to assert my uniqueness.
What were your family dinners like?
It didn’t matter if it was sukiyaki, scrambled eggs and rice, steak and rice, soup and rice (everything my mom prepared was served with sticky Japanese white rice), or McDonald’s, my mom and I usually sat on the floor and ate our dinners on the floor at the coffee table, in true Japanese-style.
What positive message do you have for blended kids?
Celebrate your unique blended heritage and allow it to make you stronger. It is a blessing to have such a rich and interesting background.