Thomas is half Okinawan, but he tends to get mistaken for Italian. While he respects all other cultures, he is very proud of his Okinawan heritage. He wanted people to look at him and know exactly where his heart lies. An Okinawan symbol is placed as the "O" in Okinawan, a reference to the rich history of its people and a nod to his uncle, who taught him to love his Okinawan heritage. Though the shirt could have just said "Half Okinawan", he wanted to stress that he loves being part of such a rich culture and is 100% proud of being half.
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