Ethnic Options, Covering and Passing Multiracial and Multiethnic Identities in Japan

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Ethnic Options, Covering and Passing Multiracial and Multiethnic Identities in Japan
Author Osanami Törngren, Sayaka
Date 2018
English abstract
Over the past ten years, Japan has seen a significant increase in foreign residents, with levels of immigration expected to grow even more. This growing immigrant population is also reflected in the increase in intermarriages and children with mixed background. Although the number of multiracial and multiethnic Japanese who are socially recognised and identified as haafu (half) has increased, their identities and experiences are seldom critically analysed: How do they identify themselves, and how do they feel others identify them? Based on interviews with 18 individuals who grew up in Japan with one Japanese parent and one non-Japanese parent, this article explores ethnic options and the practices of covering and passing among multiracial and multiethnic individuals in Japan. The analysis shows that multiracial and multiethnic individuals have various ethnic options available to them and that they practice passing and covering in various ways.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1163/15685314-04606007 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Brill
Host/Issue Asian Journal of Social Science;6
Volume 46
ISSN 1568-4849
Language eng (iso)
Subject mixed identity
Japan
multiracial
multiethnic
haafu
ethnic options
passing
covering
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/29548 Permalink to this page
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