When I sit at a seat on a train, I usually end up sitting alone. Sometimes I catch people staring at me. This also happens to my halfie friends. And especially if I speak Japanese. Its when strangers are scared of you. But, its something Ive grown used to. But something that shouldn’t really happen…… Continue reading Passing Judgement
In a country like Japan where racial diversity isn’t as evident as places like America or the United Kingdom, children aren’t exposed to the concept of race, physically for a long time. Many white people are used in advertising here in Japan, so children will see them, but its just a picture. When you’re mixed…… Continue reading Early exposure to race in Japan
I figured that in western culture especially, you don’t come across too many biracial pop culture icons or role models for young biracial people. When I was growing up, I was lucky enough to have many friends who are also biracial. (Most of my friends are white and asian). In japan it is becoming more…… Continue reading Biracial representation
A lot of my returnee friends are fully Japanese or asian. But a lot of them do not look completely asian. The idea I am trying to explain may be a bit confusing but bare with me. One of my returnee friends had lived in Canada for 10 years. She is fully Japanese but the…… Continue reading Surprising things about returnees
This is a question I have been asked too often. I briefly touched on it before but I thought I could write about it in more depth. I was once at a volunteer for disabled children. one of the organisers was a man who had once lived in america for a year or two so…… Continue reading Where are you really from?
If you’re a halfie, when you are in places like airports, most of the time you will surprise staff by being able to speak Japanese. I am often approached by foreign visitors in tourist attractions asking for directions, in english, so I understand why but it just bothers me lot more than it should. My…… Continue reading English or Japanese
Here in Japan, being able to speak english somehow means you are wealthy. This may sound odd but it is true. I was once at a western store that sold speakers. All the employees were Japanese. And my father and I were speaking in english. As soon as we enter the store, a male sales…… Continue reading Shopping assistants