Discovering My Cultural Roots Through Cuisine

Amanda Chong
May 18, 2019 · 5 min read

At first glance, pretty much anyone would recognize that I’m Asian. I carry the telltale signs — dark hair, fair skin, squinty eyes, high cheekbones. But for the most part, people don’t dig any deeper than that. They don’t know that I’m actually mixed Asian descent — my mom being of Japanese descent, and my dad being of Chinese descent. But on both sides, we have deep roots in Hawaii. It’s complicated.