Yasu Tamashima comments

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Back when my mother was a small child in Japan in the early 1950’s people like her - American father with Japanese mother were often called “間の子" - “ainoko” or half breed, or even worse, “パンパンの子”-“panpan no ko” or kid of whore, and treated like garbage once they no longer live inside of US base after father leaves.(it was even worse for those who’s father was black)

those are straight racist term.

“Half” is not.

“Half”, however, can be used to pick on such a kids. I remember being picked on and called “half” due to my multi racial background, I look more like Mexican or Vietnamese then a Japanese.

my 8 y/o daughter is look pretty much white girl with tanned skin. But when we visit Japan, and she is going for walk with my father around very conservatives neighborhood where I grew up, no one seems to be bothered by the fact she is not pure Japanese.

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