It all depends upon whether the person who is calling you "haafu" cares more about the label or cares more about you as a person. Same with the question "what are you?" though that question may be more common in the US than in Japan....
By the way, I am half and my husband is white; my kids are referred to as "quarter.". I think "haafu" was originally "half white gaijin," but people have become relaxed enough about racial impurity that it maybe doesn't matter as much anymore. Normally one would only reference the part that is different though.
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