Ariana Miyamoto, A "Hafu", Talks About Discrimination in Japan

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10-25-2015, 02:46 PM (This post was last modified: 10-25-2015, 03:01 PM by Lokorfi.)
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Ariana Miyamoto, a 21 year old "hafu", meaning half Japanese, goes on  Aljazeera America to talk about how hafus are being treated within Japan.

Miyamoto was crowned for the Miss Universe Japan (MUJ) 2015 winner in March 12, 2015. This had sparked some controversy among Japan, despite many of her supporters claiming how being hafu is irrelevant, as to whether one could represent Japan for Miss Universe. She doesn't show it now, but back then she was very affected by this, as her discrimination began all the way in her childhood, causing her to feel insecurity of her appearance, and therefore had discouraged her from entering into pageants such as MUJ.

She had abandoned this stance completely when one of her close friends, also a hafu, committed suicide because of prejudice. She had entered the pageant to raise awareness of racial discrimination and to show the impact of how you can be beautiful and accepted despite what race (or mixed race) you are.

Miyamoto said her country still has “a long way to go” to embrace diversity, but believes that perhaps one day, Japan will one day accept racial diversity.

Link to Article w/ Video: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/20...-race.html
Miyamoto's MUJ (Miss Universe Japan): http://www.missuniversejapan.com/e/?&a=42

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10-25-2015, 02:56 PM
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Hmm, ill read this thread in a bit.

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10-25-2015, 03:09 PM
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Yeah I've seen this story before, good for her!

Though about the racism in Japan I'd like to quote Flavor Flav: "Don't believe the hype!".

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10-25-2015, 03:12 PM
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I've been told by many people that Japan is still really far behind when it comes to racism and equality etc. So it's definitely something that needs speaking about. It really is such a unique country, even down to it's cultural issues. I've watched a couple of documentaries about some pretty exclusive social/cultural issues that affect Japan.

Either way back on topic. It's really a shame to see it can have such a profound negative effect on people.

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10-25-2015, 03:21 PM
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I think it's prety much plain snobbyness than just racism, i have a "hafu" friend who is japanese and french and she's pretty popular among her friends in japan.
She attends to a hafu acceptance group in a local community center and there's a lot of guys who come from other places such as Brazil, Peru and even America and they don't feel as welcome as someone who's half european. Even in media oftenly we see stuff like "female mc is half european" or even more explicit cases as Mitchell from "Ping Pong Club" who is half-american, being he portrayed as a stupid tall guy with an pretty strong body odor.

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10-25-2015, 03:55 PM (This post was last modified: 10-25-2015, 04:02 PM by Lokorfi.)
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>>23846
> I think it's prety much plain snobbyness than just racism, i have a "hafu" friend
>  who is japanese and french and she's pretty popular among her friends in japan.
>  
>  She attends to a hafu acceptance group in a local community center and there's a
>  lot of guys who come from other places such as Brazil, Peru and even America and
>  they don't feel as welcome as someone who's half european. Even in media oftenly
>  we see stuff like "female mc is half european" or even more explicit cases as Mitchell
>  from "Ping Pong Club" who is half-american, being he portrayed as a stupid tall
>  guy with an pretty strong body odor.

If your hafu friend is lighter skinned. I hear that white hafus are generally more common and are therefore better accepted in Japanese society.

Anyways, I don't mean to over dramatize this issue. As Katherine said, Japan is still behind on social norms that are seen almost everywhere else. While you might not see this kind of thing happening to your friend, it is still cause for concern since Japan mostly believes in mono ethnicity.

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>>23851
> >>23846
> > I think it's prety much plain snobbyness than just racism, i have a "hafu" friend
> > who is japanese and french and she's pretty popular among her friends in japan.
> >
> > She attends to a hafu acceptance group in a local community center and there's
> a
> > lot of guys who come from other places such as Brazil, Peru and even America
> and
> > they don't feel as welcome as someone who's half european. Even in media oftenly
> > we see stuff like "female mc is half european" or even more explicit cases as
> Mitchell
> > from "Ping Pong Club" who is half-american, being he portrayed as a stupid tall
> > guy with an pretty strong body odor.
>
> If your hafu friend is lighter skinned. I hear that white hafus are generally more
> common and are therefore better accepted in Japanese society.
>
> Anyways, I don't mean to over dramatize this issue. As Katherine said, Japan is
> still behind on social norms that are seen almost everywhere else. While you might
> not see this kind of thing happening to your friend, it is still cause for concern
> since Japan mostly believes in mono ethnicity.

Yeah, i'ts pretty much impossible to get a drink in any stand at late night, racist fucks.

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12-29-2015, 08:54 AM
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I'm a little confused. Can someone explain to me why Japan needs to be "diverse"? What's wrong with Japanese culture? I assumed most people on this site appreciated it.
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>>32827
> I'm a little confused. Can someone explain to me why Japan needs to be "diverse"?
> What's wrong with Japanese culture? I assumed most people on this site appreciated
> it.

"Diverse", as in, they take racial stuff very seriously.
Other races, and outsiders of Japan aren't treated as well(when you go to live there, not as an tourist.)
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12-29-2015, 09:12 AM
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(12-29-2015, 09:07 AM)Utsutsu Wrote: >>32827
> I'm a little confused. Can someone explain to me why Japan needs to be "diverse"?
>  What's wrong with Japanese culture? I assumed most people on this site appreciated
>  it.

"Diverse", as in, they take racial stuff very seriously.
Other races, and outsiders of Japan aren't treated as well(when you go to live there, not as an tourist.)
The OP is talking about wanting to make Japan "embrace racial diversity", which implies that they think Japan has too many Japanese people, which is even more racist imho.
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12-29-2015, 09:48 AM (This post was last modified: 12-29-2015, 09:52 AM by Prodding Sticks.)
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>>32830
>  The OP is talking about wanting to make Japan "embrace racial diversity", which
>  implies that they think Japan has too many Japanese people, which is even more racist
>  imho.

That's not at all what embracing diversity implies. I got the impression that the OP was simply bringing up the topic of stigmatization and discrimination, by Japanese people, of some ethnicities.

I've been thinking about this as well. Not just half-Japanese peeps but anyone who could be conceived as a baka gaijin in general seems to be heavily stereotyped or even looked down upon. In media being foreign is either reduced to strictly being fetishized as something exotic, portrayed as someone demoralized and intimidating, or simply played for laughs as part of a gag.