Recently I changed my Facebook name to incorporate my middle name, Miki. If you never read my blog before then you probably don’t know that I am half Japanese. Miki in Japanese means future hope. At first I used to hate my name, let me explain.
Throwback: When I was younger I used to hate that I was even half Japanese. A lot of the time I got made fun of for having different eyes or being told by others that I am suppose to be good at math because I am Asian. Being different to me meant that I would just get made fun of. When I was younger I didn’t understand why out of all my siblings I looked the most Asian. I would get made fun of things I brought to lunch. I don’t want to make this some sob story. I will not say I was bullied because I think bully is very intense word, and that’s not what happened to me.
Now: I have realized how proud to be who I am. How many people can say they were born in a different country in America? I can. I love that I can have authentic Japanese food from my mom, and I love that I have two amazing cultures to learn from. Being different is not a bad thing, if anything it is a good thing. Being different has brought me so many opportunities, and has also opened my eyes to a lot of different things. Now that I have realized this I am definitely open to so much more. It makes me sad that there are still people today in society who think different is bad, because in reality different is what has gotten us to today.
So yes my middle name is Miki, and while it took me a while to realize that it doesn’t suck to have a middle name that is a Disney character it took my longer to realize that everyone should be proud of what they stand for, and who they are.