i haven’t totally collected my thoughts, but it always seems like people who “discover” their jewish heritage (which only counts if it’s the maternal side, of course!) are privileged in narratives over plain old converts.
Another thing to think about is, what if this author had been ignorant of their Chinese heritage, rather than their Jewish side? That is, some Jews can pass entirely as gentiles, while the same cannot exactly be said for other ethnicities. I’d be lying if I didn’t say Judaism was important to me in part because I’m seen as Jewish. My Jewishness is unavoidable, whether I remind myself about it or someone else does. Call me masochistic, but I’d like to actively identify with my heritage if it’s going to be done for me by anti-semites. If no one knew this author had “Jewish blood”, would they have discovered their Jewishness?