Japan : Hafu – AsiaMag

Japan : Hafu

Many consider lucky those born of 2 cultures, because in general miscegenation is beautiful and gives a ‘magnetic’ appearance.

Priyanka Yoshikawa

Unfortunately this is not the case everywhere, and some suffer from this status. This is the case in Japan, where about 1 in 50 children born in the archipelago is mixed. The question of their integration is still controversial even today!

‘Hāfu’ is a term used to refer to a person whose parent is Japanese and another parent of different nationality. This word appeared in the 70’s and became very popular. The hāfu have a really unusual appearance: they combine in a way 2 cultures and different ethnic characteristics, which makes them incredibly attractive.

From a linguistic point of view, the Japanese themselves have lost interest in classical terms such as ‘konketsuji’ (literally “child of mixed blood”) or ‘ainoko’ (“child of a meeting”) in favor of ‘half’, an expression that some consider discriminatory.

This status sometimes considered as “on horseback” is not necessarily easy to live for the people concerned who, according to their personal experience, can end up “neither … nor …” sometimes having the impression of not exist anywhere.

Meisa Kuroki

Today, mixed girls, neither Japanese nor really foreign, become muses of the advertisers. They are always represented in a very sexualized way. The most popular models in Japan are almost all ‘hafu’.

Fortunately, some ‘half’ are proud of their origins and status, and consider this as a real benefit in life. For them the term ‘hafu’ is like an origin in its own right …