My mother is japanese while my father is a mix of german, dutch, native american and irish. I speak japanese fluently and actually spent the first 16 years of my life there. I love the culture, the food, clothes and the people. I never felt that I had to identify with my japanese roots because I spent most of my life there, but upon moving to the states i feel myself holding on. trying to keep a grasp on my japanese roots because I feel if I don't then i will lose it.