Racial Identity in Japan

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Sorry, I’m not American: Postcards from a Trinidadian Teaching in Japan

Not all ALTs come from the Big Five countries.

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Hafu2Hafu Project Creator Answers Questions on Half-Japanese Identity

Gaijin across the board have strong opinions about the word “hafu,” but do they have enough perspective to comment so fervently about it?

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Japan’s Schools Are In Total Denial Over Diversity

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.

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Invisible Gaijin: Postcards from a Non-Japanese Japanese Person Living in Japan

It's a complex question to answer: As an American of Japanese decent, in America, I'm "Japanese," but in Japan — who am I?

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Fighting Stereotypes at School as an Asian ALT

Coming to Japan as an Asian ALT was as eye opening for the students as it was for this writer in Niigata Prefecture.

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Asian and Gaijin: What It’s Like to Be An Invisible Foreigner in Japan

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.

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Looking for Love: Interracial Relationship Struggles

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.

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Conceptions of Black and White in Japan

I can hope to shed some light on media portrayals of blackness and whiteness in Japan.

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Ariana Miyamoto: The Biracial Beauty

Japan has taken an important step to show a new definition of what it means to be Japanese.

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Growing Up As A Hafu In Japan

We are not Hāfu, we are double because both cultural and ethnic heritages make us who we are.

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How to Overcome the Gaijin Complex

The gaijin complex is an interesting social phenomenon unique to Japan. What can Japan do to welcome foreigners and be a bigger part of the global community?

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