We’re not half, halfies, or hapas. We’re not a quarter or three-fourths or any other arbitrary fraction of our identities.
Dividing ourselves and our cultures into pieces, using words like 'half' or 'part', only reinforces what we feel deep down—that we don’t have full access to any single part of our lineage.
But we’re not fragments, fractions, bits, or broken pieces. We are full.
As a creative, I don’t say I’m half designer, half business owner. I’m simply a designer and founder. Similarly, I’m simply Japanese and Iranian. I’m American too. And all these things exist at once and in full.