LB and I decided to both do a genetics test with 23 and Me. Today, I finally got my results after months of impatient curiosity, which mostly confirmed what I already knew about myself, but there were a few surprises and a few disappointments too that I think comes with the territory of learning about your genetic history.
1. The first thing I learned is that I'm 31% Asian, which comes as pleasant surprise. That's basically a 1/3 of my genetic identity, not 25%, as I'd naively assumed. Considering I'm nisei and nikkeijin, this matters a great deal to me.
2. Miraculously, I'm 1% Mongolian, which came as a huge shock to me, until I started studying the migration patterns of my maternal haplogoup D to Zhongyuan, with origins in ethnic Han people.
3. I'm way more English and Irish than I thought (45%)
4. I'm way LESS French and German than I thought (somewhere between 6.2% and 16.6%)
5. I'm close to 5% Scandinavian, which is news to me.
6. I'm a 100% hapa (mixed-race Asian), but I already knew that!
I feel a personal essay brewing here. More on that later.