Deidre Foley talks about her experience as a multiracial Japanese American young woman.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Deidre attended a Japanese immersion school where she learned about cultural traditions like bon odori, etc. However, because she was only a quarter Japanese, she was often told that her Japanese ethnicity "doesn't count."
Regardless of what others may think, Deidre continues to explore her Japanese American culture through her classes in Asian studies, her time spent abroad in Japan, and her involvement in Japan club on campus.
Deidre's knowledge about Japanese culture is what keeps her connected to her Japanese American identity and encourages people to see Japanese culture holistically rather than just through one lens.
"Whenever I really try to embrace being Japanese American, I know that I still look outwardly white, so I can’t 100% be in the in group."