August 12th, 2010
Exploring the question of what it means to be Japanese
By Jessica Ocheltree
Japan has long been regarded as a homogenous culture: to look Japanese and to speak the language was to be Japanese. However, with one in 30 babies here now being born to mixed-race couples, these concepts are starting to change. It’s an issue that’s particularly pertinent for the children of such couples, who have been dealing with questions of national identity for their whole lives, and now a group of young hafu are exploring what their experiences mean for the future of Japan.