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Posted in: What do you think of the word "hafu," the Japanese term used to describe anyone who is half-Japanese? See in context

All I know is I prefer "hafu" to old people angrily telling me at age 3 I have dirty blood... or to my brother constantly getting in fights in shogakkou cause his classmates told him to go back to his own country.

If the worst half Japanese half Foreign have to deal with these days is being referred to as a "hafu", consider them lucky. Christ.

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Posted in: What do you think of the word "hafu," the Japanese term used to describe anyone who is half-Japanese? See in context

but go ask any 'hafu' if you're not one because that's what matters, people seem to get caught up in defining what's right/wrong and totally forget the people being talked about.

As a hafu, I mentioned that myself... Hopefully it didn't fall on deaf ears. I have yet to meet another hafu who genuinely dislikes the term. I've met some who PREFER "double" but never anyone who feels offended by the term.

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Posted in: What do you think of the word "hafu," the Japanese term used to describe anyone who is half-Japanese? See in context

Appreciate the quoteage IchyaWarFare~.

Also, let me say that when I lived in the US I realized half-ASIAN (not just half Japanese) all over the US tend to love and identify with the term "hapa", a Hawaiian term (short for hapa haole, half white) that used to be VERY derogatory. Sometimes even the negative terms gain positive feeling. Many of them say things like "Half Asian, 100% Hapa!"

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Posted in: What do you think of the word "hafu," the Japanese term used to describe anyone who is half-Japanese? See in context

As an American and Japanese "double" (a term I find much more irritating than hafu), I find it almost disconcerting that the vast majority of those who find the term offensive are not even mixed themselves.

I am a HAFU. It's the term I identify with and it's the term MOST half foreign, half Japanese identify with. It's only a derogatory term only if USED in a derogatory way. And even then, the bulk of half Japanese half, half foreign people are not offended by the term but by the FEELING behind it.

Honestly, the terms existence gives us something to identify with. Something to cling to. Besides half + half still = whole. There is no implication that a second half doesn't exist, merely that the second half is ethnically different.

In my experience, parents of us mixed individuals try to be OVERLY empathetic, totally ignoring how WE feel, what WE encounter, and how WE think. By trying to be sympathetic to something they'll never experience first hand they tend to attack what needs no attacking. My own parents are just as guilty.

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