Aug 24, 2016

So Mira will have "half Japanese babies"? :/ ...wtf is that?

Since I am an immigrant from another country, I often get comments of people talking about my future kids. Some in a friendly way, some in a derogatory way, but none the less, today I am talking about those who refer to my kids as "half Japanese".

I am not going to pretend I live in the perfect world where humans stop labeling our self into "mixed blood" "half race" "mixed" etc. and have no clue what they are talking about.

But I am also not going to keep playing the riding backwards train and slowing down our human growth and use the term.

I don't use the term half Japanese.

I don't use the word mixed blood.

I am a human. My kids will be human.
They will be born in Japan, raised here, and have Japanese citizenship (given by me since I plan to become Japanese in November). so, they will be Japanese kids. I have already made a video owning the fools who think otherwise, so I am not going to go down that road.

But today I am talking about the people who say, well okay, they will be half white.

Half white? As if white is some new animal species? We are all human, the same thing. Will they also be half green eyes or half brown hair? No, you don't say that. The more I study about humans, learn about the history of racism or why we lable ourselves into race groups, the more I want to barf.

We are human. Theres no such thing as half this or that.  You are half your mom, half your dad. You will look like your mom, and look like your dad. If they end up having black skin, brown eyes, then they have black skin brown eyes. Thats their physical appearance. They will be what you see. And thats it.

I couldn't give a crap care in the world what colour my kids skin colour is any more than their hair or eye. It is all the same to me.  The one thing that stops us from defeating racism, is the fact that we keep using race to group humans.

It gives us the false sense that it is some genetic difference. IT IS NOT.
Theres no such thing as black blood. Theres no such thing as the white gene.
You are your mom, and dad. What ever they looked like is what you will look like. 

Race is a concept invented in the middle ages to group people by physical appearance. All humans have the same ancestors, the difference is we moved to different areas of the world, evolving and adapting to our environment. If I moved off on to an island with 10 people, and we bread for 400 years, the descendants on that island will all look similar, 1000 years later, our new colony will still look similar. And if you compair those people to a group of people on another island, we will look similar. Thats called a gene pool. But it doesn't mean we are some new thing. We are still the same humans. It just so happens we look alike because our close ancestors bread together.


Two people, both "white", can be genetically completely different in so many ways, way more than 1 white person and 1 black person, yet society socially doesn't think so. People act as if , omfg the black and white mix?! heaven forbid! oh god they created this new thing called the "mixed baby"!!!.

umm...no.

They created another human.
You only see such difference because you have been taught to think so. This thought process is false.

A white person, who has a large face, huge nose, blond hair, blue eyes, big lips, tall and big bones. Physically completely different than, for example me, a white person who is short, brown hair, green eyes, small nose and small skinny body, small lips. We are both genetically completely different. But because society labled us into the same "race", us two having a baby wouldn't make anything other than "another white baby". Thats just messed up thinking right there.

All babies are 50% mom and 50% dad. You will look like your parents. That is how genes work.


Any who I am ranting.

The point of this post is. No, I never in my life us the word half Japanese baby. or anything half baby. A baby is baby. Its gonna look like me and whoever daddy is. Whatever daddy looks like, that baby will still be Japanese because they will be born here. And I will never use the word half Japanese to them.

I think half Japanese should be a term only used to describe ACTUALLY someone who has two cultures. Like someone who lived in Japan, and another country.  I have met people like this. They actually act different, and still, over this term I rather say "Japanese and XXXX".  You can't put a measurement on how much of a culture you belong to. We are humans, not math formals.

And I don't mean to rain on people parades, as I know theres a huge "I am mixed and proud" movement to fight racism...but really I am not going to treat people differently. ALL HUMANS ARE MIXED. If you want to check your DNA you can see for yourself. All humans have close ancestors from many areas of the world you would be surprised. So the concept of being proud of ancestors from x y and z country is a little odd, seeing as we all have the same ancestors, and then you have to take into consideration, okay so your ancestors lived in x country....but what about their ancestors?
Why can't we just be proud of where we are??

Why do we have to see countries as borders of who we are? Countries are man made. You only form these identities based on where you live in the country...but what about state, province or prefecture??

Mixed Japanese? what about mixed Tokyo and okinawa? Tokyo and Iwate? Tokyo and Osaka person?

I mean, if its about cultural ancestry and what your ancestors did.
Why do we not state the cities our ancestors came from? Because not just country culture, but a cities culture is just as different, and sometimes even more different than border to border. :/

If you can be born in a city different from your parents or grandparents, and be proud to be from the city you were born in or live in.
Then why can't you be proud to be born in or live in the COUNTRY, that you live in.

#somethingtothinkabout



7 comments:

  1. Hello, hajimemashite! Yes its an issue but, in Japan it's not something people are ready to demonstrate about. In America for hundreds of years we've had issues about color and race because we are a "mixed nation" and in the beginning it was unlivable. But as we went along more and more laws and traditions began to reflect a more humanist approach to diversity. In Japan it has never been that big of an issue because everyone, even the few mixed Chinese or Korean looked Japanese, spoke the language and could pull it off. Why rock the boat eh? if my educated guessing mind serves me right it wasn't half nationality it was family names and regions that people discriminated against.
    Now there are many more mixed race Japanese and "other than Japanese national" living in Japan but I still think it's nowhere near as big an issue in Japan as it is in America. For me the term "Hafu" is better than what I have now which is nothing. Cause in the U.S. When people ask me I have to explain my entire family tree and paint a big ol picture for them to understand where I came from and that's a pain in the butt. There's no real official designation for what we are. Creole, mixed, mulaato. I'm not Any of those things and We're not an organized enough group of people to start an uproar about our diverse genes. So when I came to Japan I didn't have a problem so much, maybe because I was speaking the language and people saw that I was there to contribute to the environment and enjoy myself. A Japanese woman messaged me recently asking if I was Japanese and I replied no, Hafu and that was it. I didnt need to break everything down to her so it's ok with me, at least you are something. It's better than having no designation. Hopefully this sheds a little light on your inquiry but I wouldn't worry about it so much. As long as you're a contributing member of society you will be accepted as such.

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    1. Humanist approach to divercity? Do you not realize the guy running for president is a man saying he has to ban a whole religion , build a wall and put security cameras on all non white people?

      In America its an issue because people have an obsession with being anything other than American. 50-100 years ago, immigrants traveled and everyone grouped together in what was being proud of coming together and being American, now kids of kids of kids of immigrants whom are not white, can't go on without putting "ethnicity" as something else on a citizen census. In Japan we have No such thing.

      Japanese is Japanese
      Theres no visual
      Theres no ethnicity
      Theres just Japanese.
      If you have Japanese citizenship, thats it, you are Japanese. If one discriminates against you, thats racism and its illigal in Japan. Constitution protects all Japanese as =.

      The term half is not better than nothing. Your a human. Your American. Thats all you need to say, the fact that you need to explain ancestry is sick. We are all educated, we all know that humans migrated from Africa accross the world. THE only reason we are so obsessed with this is because we are taught to steriotype faces to parts of the world. Its why when you meet a White dude and he says hes chinese, you don't take it as so, because the image of a Chinese man has Jackie chan face. Little does their ignorance know, there have always been white people living in China, thats their ethnicity, Chinese. They didn't come from Europe, or a european countries, thats just how humans are. Same goes for Russia, India , but people have attatched a medium brown skinned turban man as the indian face, a white blonde haired woman for Russias face, and its simply not even historically true.


      LET ALONE.
      Our ancestors??! What does what people did 300-500 years ago have any relevance to now? Most countries were under different names long ago, And those living there having a different culture, even different language and way of life. It honestly has no releivence to "who you are" "just wanna know you better" bs people spew out of mouth. It only is so people can attatch steriotypes to you.

      Its why when I meet strangers, I don't mention I am born in Canada. Because EVERY single time I get some stupid generic "attempt to find something in common" "attempt to ask me something about Canada that I don't know" and then "wonder why I am more Japanese like than Canadian".

      I have played around with it. And said I am from China, Korea or India. They didn't take those answers, so its BS that they wanted to get to know me more. No, people want to attach your face to a steriotypical face accociated with your physical looks , and its beyond wrong.

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  2. Hello, I hope you are enjoying your visit in Japan.

    I think you can't be a Japanese, since you don't have the Japanese blood or spirit. Citizen is not all a Japanese. We Japanese have same ancestry, even linking us all to Imperial Family in the ancient history. Also any your child can't be a Japanese because not pure blood.

    Why don't you write in Japanese?

    Please don't have a misunderstanding. It is just the Japanese culture. You are a Canadian so don't worry.

    Thank you, good bye.

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    1. Not only do I doubt that you are a Japanese person (your false English mistakes are actually not like a Japanese person would make, sorry you blew your cover). But whoever you are you have no clue about Japanese law, constitution or anything, let alone history.

      Theres only A, B, AB and O blood types, no such thing as "Japanese blood".

      Lmfao at the imperial family part, lmfao.

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  3. Yes of course trump is running for president but trump is an aggressive businessman. He cannot lead us anywhere as a nation but into war and an inevitable destruction. And I know it's not totally correct to refer to someone as half of anything but half is better than none. And if you are mixed here in America it's still less than half. The only mixed race Americans that gain anonymity are the ones who have straight or curly hair or basically look white or Anglo. If you are half Japanese and have Asian features you aren't expected to speak out about how you are treated. No one ever ask how you feel about anything. You're expected to act a certain way because of how you look. The social profiling never stops. When I went to Japan I didn't carry this stigma with me and people weren't expecting me to act a certain way. These are things that I would notice because I'm an American and it's an American issue. Diversity was a joke up until the 1950's if you were mixed you were a circus freak or a bum or dead or maybe a sex idol if you were a woman. It's still an Anglo dominated society because well, hey! "it's America"! Home of 19th century slavery and genicide. That's the big difference between us and Japan. Japan is knit much tighter. In feudal times Japanese enslaved other Japanese. They killed other Japanese. the Japanese did not travel around the globe looking for people to enslave and colonize. That was us. And the remnants still linger. All I'm saying is that if I had to choose between being nothing and nobody and having a designation (hafu) I'd take the designation. We fought and fought and nothing came out of it but more indifference. Personally I'm sick and tired of it. Btw, from reading the other comments here I see that they are being pretty mean. They don't know you as a person and their comments are hurtful. I'm happy for you and I wish you nothing but good luck in your new home. Or your old home it's been quite a while hasn't it. Anyway, "shiawase"

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  4. Here in Oregon, people do refer to others as "half..." or "quarter..." In fact, I've heard it as marginal as "a tenth...". In high school a common term was "Oreo", referring to someone with one African American parent, and one white parent. The terms were not meant to be derogatory though.

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  5. I am very impressed with your attempt to bring about a central understanding of the human condition. We are human. We are Earth people and that is all there is to that. Thank you. Goodlife

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