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My name is Amy “Emiko” Hever, a 3rd – 4th generation HAPA. This photo was taken during my 5th grade class trip to the Mt. Fuji area. It was during my middle school years that I attended the International School of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo, Japan. I was a minority at ISSH. One of a handful of Americans attending a school made of students from literally every reach of the world.
These were formative years in my life, where lessons socially and academically in cross-cultural understanding were instilled upon you every day. When I think of the mission of APAP, and the important stories we want to tell, I draw much inspiration from my years abroad, and certainly from the memories and experiences behind photos such as this