“For me, heritage is the stories, customs, and traditions from my multiple backg…

“For me, heritage is the stories, customs, and traditions from my multiple backgrounds,” says Ryan Hata (MA ’19), who as part of our celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, shares what his heritage means to him. “As a fourth-generation Japanese American and fifth-generation Chinese American born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, heritage is eating o-zōni for breakfast on the Gregorian New Year’s Day and jai for breakfast on Chinese New Year. It is also wearing yukata and attending the summer obon festival, which honors our ancestors and spending time in April at my ancestor’s graves for Ching Ming. However, it is also spreading the Aloha spirit everywhere I go.” #TCAlumni #AsianPacificIslanderHeritageMonth
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