Confounding 'half' stereotypes

Re: "There is more to my son than the fact he's a 'half' " by Ryan Surdick (The Foreign Element, July 29):

I'm a bicultural teenage girl and I have lived in Japan since I was 8 months old. I connected to this article in a very personal way and it also made me laugh, because my "gaijin" daddy is always complaining about how calling people "half" seems to be the norm in Japan.