Yup, your sweet student really did just say that.
By Suzanne Bhagan 7 min read
Not all ALTs come from the Big Five countries.
Gaijin across the board have strong opinions about the word “hafu,” but do they have enough perspective to comment so fervently about it?
The term “hafu” in Japan means being half-Japanese. With increasing diversity in Japan’s classrooms, the Hafu2Hafu project is a way to educate students (and ourselves) about cultural identity.
It's a complex question to answer: As an American of Japanese decent, in America, I'm "Japanese," but in Japan — who am I?
Coming to Japan as an Asian ALT was as eye opening for the students as it was for this writer in Niigata Prefecture.
What is it like to be an Asian foreigner in Japan? One writer shares her experiences of blending so far into the background that she became invisible.
Every relationship is different, but looking back at my first romance with a Japanese man, I did notice a few recurring patterns that seem common to many interracial couples in Japan.
I can hope to shed some light on media portrayals of blackness and whiteness in Japan.
Japan has taken an important step to show a new definition of what it means to be Japanese.
Double consciousness creates an element of conflict within us, as we struggle to reconcile our identity as a foreigner and as someone living in Japan.
We are not Hāfu, we are double because both cultural and ethnic heritages make us who we are.