I struggle with my identity almost every single day. While I was born in Japan, I moved to the United States when I was just two. Some days I feel incredibly Japanese, some days too Japanese, some days incredibly American, some days Asian American, and some days I wonder if I’m supposed to call myself Japanese-American instead. Being Asian in America can be complex, and I think I have it easier than most.
My name is Maki Yamamoto (or 山本真希 in Japanese). There’s no denying that my Japanese culture and upbringing account for the person I am and the work I create. I still feel very connected to my culture and will continue to name my cards and website after my given name.