My name is Irie Squire, and I am Half African American and half Japanese. Originally, my mom was born in Japan but moved down to the United States and eventually met my father, while she was still in college.
Growing up, I stayed with my father in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Everybody got along and there was almost cookouts every month. Getting together with my father's side of the family was so fun. Everybody having a good time and playing pool, eating a full plate of food and drinking kool-aid. A few years later, I move in with my mom. Being of Asian decent, you always have to take off your shoes when you enter the house. It is always been difficult explaining that to my father's side of the family when they come visit, but they've grown to understand. I have been living with my mom for a while now, and I use chopsticks everyday to eat my food. Gyoza (dumplings), ramen, and sushi are some of my favorite Japanese foods.
Most people on my father's side are Christian. As of me, I'm not Christian. I do not attend church every Sunday. In fact, I am Shinto. Shinto is often translated as "The Way of the Gods". This religion has no holiest place, no person regarded as the holiest, and no defined set of prayers. Shinto is a collection of methods to regulate relationships between living people and the spirits. Some of the most popular Shinto shrine is located in Kyoto.
My mom's complexion is a very light, yellowish color. My complexion on the other hand is a light brown. Everyone always thinks that I'm her adopted daughter or her sister. Being Asian and African American is a mix of many cultural differences and I am happy to experience both, an Asian and African American lifestyle. Always remember to embrace your culture no matter what. :)
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