Rafu Shimpo, “The other hafu of Japan”

January 22nd, 2011

A new documentary examines the lives of racially mixed individuals as they explore their own identities.


Is a ship the same if you take it apart piece by piece and replace its frame? No simple answer exists, as anyone who has tackled this philosophical Rubik’s cube knows.

The ethno-national equivalent to this riddle grows exceedingly more complicated with the swelling number of international unions each year. Statistics in 2004 chart that 1 in 15 marriages in Japan were international and that 1 in 30 children born there possesses a parent of non-Japanese descent. Japan’s ethnic constituency is rapidly changing and its people may need to rethink what it means to be Japanese in a country where blood and national identity are considered one and the same.

PDF:The Other Hafu of Japan – Rafu Shimpo
Online: http://rafu.com/news/2011/01/the-other-hafu-of-japan/