What It’s Like to be Half French and Half Hongkongese Living in Ireland🇫🇷🇭🇰🇨🇮

Hello everyone! I hope you are all keeping well😀

I’ve been busy these past couple of weeks studying for my mid term exams and I’m happy that I can finally relax for a while without stressing about exams😅

I wanted to make this post because a lot of my friends and new people I meet always ask me about where I’m from and what it’s like to be from two very different cultures☺️

I’m going to write this post in question/answer format to make things easier to read🥰

Where are you from?

I’m half French and half Hongkongese🇫🇷🇭🇰

Which parent is from which country?

My mom is from France and my dad is from Hongkong😊

What is your nationality?

I have dual citizenship (French and Irish) but I have a French passport, so I am of French nationality 🇫🇷

How did you end up in Ireland?

My parents moved here for work and study🇨🇮

Do you feel more French, Chinese or Irish?

I have gotten this question a few times and it always takes me back a little as people assume I feel more like one thing than the other or think I don’t fit in at all😅 And it isn’t the case at all. I feel a mix of the three🇫🇷🇭🇰🇨🇮I’ve experienced the three cultures while growing up and even though by blood I’m not Irish, I’ve been living and studying here long enough to feel somewhat part of this country.

Do you prefer France, Hongkong or Ireland?

I like aspects of each country, I personally don’t have a favourite. I love the French language the most and the French pâtisserie but I also love Hong Kong city and it’s amazing shops, food and ‘cuteness’ (cute clothing, shops etc). And with Ireland, the greenery and scenery are beautiful.

(photos I took in each of the countries-Hongkong, Ireland and France)

What is the most annoying thing that people say because you’re of mixed cultures?

I really dislike it when people ask if I don’t feel asian or white enough or when people just look at me as two different flags rather than just a person. At the end of the day, I’m human, I just happen to come from three different cultures, I don’t feel ‘not white or asian enough’. I’m more than happy with who I am😊

What languages can you speak?

My first languages would be French and English🇫🇷🇬🇧(I had learned them roughly at the same time as my mother would speak French to me, I’d speak English in school and to my dad although my very first words were French). I also speak fluent Irish as I went to an Irish speaking secondary school🇨🇮 I can speak some Cantonese and Russian🇭🇰🇷🇺 (I studied Russian because I loved the language and had hoped to visit Russia one day) and then in university I studied Italian, Spanish and majoring in Korean now (as I’m moving to Korea next year and I hope to work as an interprete for my career)🇮🇹🇪🇸🇰🇷. As you can see, I really like languages😂

What are the pros of being half French and half Hongkongese?

There are so many pros and I’m so fortunate to have such varied cultures. Being able to travel to France and Hongkong is definitely one of the biggest pros, it’s not often people can travel to Asia or from Asia to Europe, so I’m fortunate to have the language and family living in France and Hongkong to visit (only my parents and brother live in Ireland, everyone else in my family live abroad in France or Hongkong).

The languages is also another pro because I get to speak in numerous different languages😊

Celebrations, not only do we celebrate Irish events but also Chinese and French ones, the more celebrations the better🥳🥳

The food is also a yummy pro😍 I grew up and I’m still living the lifestyle that includes a lot of Asian food and French bakes😍 I love/loved having dim sum (my all time favourite Chinese foods) and French desserts in the house while growing up and experiencing different typee of cuisines.

What are the cons?

The con would be having my family live so far away, like I mentioned above, it is also a pro because of getting to travel but it’s a con at the same time because we miss occasions and don’t see eachother as often as we could if we lived in the same country. Apart from that, there’s nothing else I can think of😊

What is your accent?

I’ve been told by too many people that I’ve a mixed accent or have an American twang, but then I say some things with a French accent, so honestly it’s just a mixture of everything 😂

Is it difficult being half French and half Chinese in Ireland?

No, I don’t think so at all. Everyone I’m friends with or who I’ve come across, has always been accepting of where I’m from and who I am. Ireland is so diverese when it comes to cultures and I’ve made friends of all different cultures and nationalities while being here. The only ‘struggle’ I’d say would be the lack of understanding Irish slang and jokes. I’m very far behind on that, with the majority of Irish slang words and phrases, I don’t understand at all😂🇨🇮 I played the Irish verison of Cards Against Humanity once, needles to say it was a struggle! The big drinking culture here is also something I’m not too fond of, I’m not a big drinker, and I really dislike Heineken😂

Do people in Ireland treat you differently or see you differently?

Noone treats me differently at all, but sometimes they do look at me as a non-Irish person living in Ireland and that’s fine! (It’s a bit difficult to explain this😂) I don’t look like an Irish person basically, if that makes sense, it’s quite apparent that I’m mixed and have both asian and european features, so a lot of people just awkwardly ask me where I’m from, but noone means any offense or harm, just curiosity😊

Are you planning on going back to France or Hongkong in the future?

I’ll definitely be going back in the neartime future to visit family and stuff but I don’t plan on living in either country for good, including Ireland. I’ll be moving to Korea next year for my third year of study hopefully, so I hope to be settling there and/or Canada in the future too🇰🇷🇨🇦

If you have any questions, feel free to comment✨

Thank you for reading🥰

Bel👯‍♀️

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