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Are you “Hafu” / Half Japanese?

I received an email from the creator of  “Hafu” regarding upcoming events in Japan. I am sure that many of you have read the Japan Times article,”Hafu, focuses on whole individual” which was published back in February 2009. The creator states that: “This is an ongoing project that creates a dialogue about being in between cultures.… Keep Reading


Race, ethnicity and identity in Japan

JAPAN’S MINORITIES: The Illusion of Homogeneity, edited by Michael Weiner. London: Routledge, 2008 (1st edition 1997), 234 pp., £19.99 (paper). Jeff Kingston writes for the Japan Times: “Japan is a multiethnic society largely in denial about its diversity. Here we can examine the contradictions and consequences of this discourse. This second edition published a dozen… Keep Reading


We Japanese: 1 – Introductions

Fellow blogger Steve Silver posted this interesting video series created by his friend and colleague Tamarah Cohen. Designed for classroom use, “We Japanese ” is an intimate exploration of the collective notion of Japanese identity. I have viewed the installments one and two and hope to view the complete series this week in order to provide additional… Keep Reading

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