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