Eli Aiko Tester | エリ愛子テスター

“Why are there worldwide networks for half Japanese people and not for our other half?”


Please share your answer to Eli’s question in the comment area below.

About Eli:

Born inSwitzerland
Lived inSingapore - Switzerland - Netherlands
Speaks Japanese⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪
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SpeaksGerman - English - Dutch - Japanese

  • Yukari says:

    It’s a very good question and I think it ties with the strong National Identity that all Japanese feel, combined with the fact that in Japan, National Identity (being Japanese national) has for a long time also meant being born in Japan, by Japanese parents, with Japanese roots (cultural and racial identity). So half stick out and face a different set of challenges.
    At the same time, when living in a country with a longer history of integration and a more mixed population and somehow less of a single cultural identity, the Japanese side probably felt as a clearer identity than the one of the other side, helping giving a better idea of oneself.
    It is probably different when the other half belongs to a country with a strong identity as well, and you are growing up there. In such a case I would expect that being half Japanese could be somewhat irrelevant.

  • Noemi says:

    I am not a half, but a foreigner living in Japan. The topic of haafu is something foreigners in Japan long term think about, I guess, when thinking about having family here. Thus as soon as it came up in Gaijinpot, I have been browsing this website and all your questions.
    indeed I am also asking: why is mixed heritage such a big issues for XY+Japan, and not for other two nationalities?
    Looking forward to further replies.

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