I am American-German, but my mother, while born in Germany, was raised in Indiana and my grandmother was forbidden to teach her children German, so sadly, we don't know too much about our German heritage. Only that my grandmother's mother owned a castle that was donated to a museum after her death, but we don't know which one nor where in Germany. Since I was small, I've been enamored with Japanese culture. People put a bad stigma on people who want to learn about, love, and want to live in a country with a culture that they ave no blood ties to (especially to Japan if they happen to like anime, regardless that I was introduced to Japan first through an interest in Chinese and Japanese ancient art on PBS, and regardless, I don't think it should matter where you start if you put in the effort required to learn the language and culture anyways), but honestly, I feel more connected with Japanese culture than my own German heritage because I grew up learning more about Japan and loving Japan and yearning to learn the language. I know that I am not Japanese and I'd only be Japanese by citizenship when I do live there. But I don't think that should invalidate the love and sense of identity that I have, not in being Japanese, but in loving Japan and being connected to it in that way. Sorry for the rant.