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[13 Nov 2008|04:46pm]

hey everyone im mari ^^

i grew up in chiba prefecture in japan and only recently learnt english when i went to study english overseas.
my mother is japanese and my father is half-japanese half-french german, so im 3/4 japanese and 1/4 french-german which is even less common than halfs ive noticed.
my father grew up in france and spoke it alot at home, so until i was 16 i was fluent in both japanese and french, and now im doing my best to improve my english.

a bientot!
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!!! [24 Oct 2008|02:22pm]

Hey everyone, I'm Serina

I'm living in the US and I am half Japanese and half White (German mostly).
I think this community is pretty cool, drop me a line if you want : ]
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hajimemashite... [14 Nov 2007|12:32pm]

[ mood | happy ]

Hi all!
I only want introduce myself. I'm half japanese and half german. My field of study is Illustration-Design und I like animes (Mindgame, Tekkon Kinkreet).
Obviously this Community could be very interesting for me ; D
Ah domo domo...

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yoyoyo [19 Apr 2005|02:11am]

hey this is joe and it has been forever since I've even checked up on this community. As you can see I've got a new name and face, and I deleted and purged my old journal leaving this community moderatorless, which I guess is the true essence of free speech. Anyway, just wanted to say hi and see how many people still follow this thing. Give a shout if you do, it'd be nice to hear from ya.
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はじめまして。。。 [07 Mar 2005|09:39pm]

Hi Everybody. I'm half Japanese-white in Seattle WA. I lived in Tokyo for 1 year, and my family in Japan's mostly in Wakayama Prefecture (look under Osaka, if you don't know where it is). Anyway, just popping in to see what's up here. Looking forward to getting to know everybody better. -Kiyomi
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Sup! [05 Jul 2004|08:49pm]

[ mood | excited ]

I'm a hapa (Blasian) living in Tokyo. Any hapas in Tokyo here? Anyhow, I think it's great that there's a community such as this one where hapas from different walks of life can get together and talk.

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Hi! [12 Jun 2004|10:39pm]

I just joined the community!
Im half japanese half brasilian, dying to go to Japan, dying to live in Japan, dying to speak Japanese and Portuguese, dying to see Dir en grey
so..just thought id say hi everyone!
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[21 Apr 2004|10:56am]
So what's up haafu bros and sistas! No one has posted in this for a while so i decided to.

Question: Do you ultimately like being a half?

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hagimemashite douzo yoroshiku [09 Aug 2003|05:30pm]

Hello everyone, my name is Laura and I'm a half Japanese, half white singer/songwriter/composer/producer from CA. In 2002 I was offered a chance to audition at Japanese record companies, so I went back to Japan during my spring break. I've just graduated from college and am struggling with the decision to go work with a Japanese music company, or pursue a career here in the US.

Right now I'm trying to publicize my music as much as possible so that I can get feedback. So if you happen to get a chance, I would really appreciate it if you could check out some of the material off of my English album at www.mybluedream.com (There are jpop and video game music samples too, but the English album has the best quality music). Thank-you for your time fellow haafus ;)
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a minor plug to help out a friend [19 May 2003|12:16pm]

get yourself a copy of Mary Yukari Waters' first collection of short stories titled "Laws of Evening".
I'm sure a few of you will be able to relate with her comments on growing up half japanese.

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howdy everyone [19 May 2003|12:11pm]

it's been a long time since I've checked back with this small community I created a while back, but its nice to see some of the new faces out here. Anyway, I apologize for neglecting the responsibilities of the moderator, but hey, I've got schooling and stuff to deal with.

So, minnasama hajimemashite omedetou.
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Hi! [17 Mar 2003|04:22pm]

I know this community is small, but I just joined. My mom is from Asagaya, Tokyo. I grew up sort of speaking Japanese and I've been there 10 times (11th trip is being planned for late spring/early summer).
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repost from the other forum... [10 Dec 2002|01:12am]
There's something that's been bothering me for a while, but it just really came to a head last week at work:

I think it's one of the greatest crocks of shit in the world that someone should be respected solely on the basis that he or she happens to be older than you.

I give a certain amount of basic respect to everyone, just on the mere fact that they are human. If I happen to give additional respect or admiration to a person who happens to be older, it is because that person deserves it somehow - such as a boss, a mentor, an expert in the field I'm interested in, whatever. For my interests, a person who is older in my lab usually has the scientific experience to make a better judgment on a procedural matter - I'll usually defer.

But for the mere accident of earlier conception and consequently birth? It's just a sick entitlement to me - that because one can't be respected for the accomplishments that they haven't earned, he or she has to try to gain respect by proxy.

Maybe it's because of American/Western Academia - especially science - where insights are ideally judged based on their own merits rather than the age of the speaker, that I feel this way; A valid mathematical proof is no more or less true if the proposition was made by a 15 year old than a 65 year old. It's this trend in Japanese Science that causes the most innovative people to leave: it's considered disrespectful to question, contradict, or just merely exceed your mentor there.
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[06 Nov 2002|03:02pm]

Finally a community that has no emphasis on Hawaiian Mambo Jambo that has nothing to do with most of us! I'm glad to be here. I'll be going to Tokyo for the holiday break.


The Cracker Jap
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hi:) [05 Nov 2002|02:33pm]

hi everyone! i'm new, and i just wanted to introduce myself. i'm 21, a college student, about to graduate (well, in May) and begin my career in japan!:)

also, i have a question: is there anyone here who, in spite of having asian ancestry, doesn't really look identifiably asian to most people? Have you found that this makes it hard to be accepted by other Asian-Americans? What about when you are actually in Asia?

I'd be very interested to hear everyone else's experiences. Interestingly, nobody in Japan ever seems to really comment on my presence when i am with japanese relatives, as I don't look that unusual for japan (ie, I don't really look japanese, but I do have dark hair and eyes and am quite small) but when I was dating a boy who is 100% white (and also 6' tall with blond hair), people would point at us and whisper "gaijin!"

also, anyone else happen to live (alas) in ohio?
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I've got a plan, dammit... [01 Nov 2002|10:08pm]

There's been a bit of a backlash to the growing ridiculousness and stupidity of the hapas forums. Too much chit chat, too many insignificant "hapa" sightings, too much discussion about the semantics and not enough about the content. Since the outright failure of the Haafu forums is evident, I propose we chalk this forum up to be the new Hapa forums. I'm not going to lie, there will be a certain amount of exclusivity, that is to say, if someone posts something stupid, I'll eventually scrap it, given that others share the same opinion. Likewise, if there's somebody here who annoys the shit out of me and everyone else, they will be banned. I'm asking for interesting discussions, not chit chat about how cool hapas are. There's nothing wrong with the latter, I just don't need more clutter on my friends page. I've got a lot to figure out about this form of ethnic identity and hearing someone talk about keanu reeves makes me want to be either/or..

So let's get down to business.

My bro and I have been at this for weeks, but I want to hear some input about the concept of the Pan-Asianic idea as a basis for the concept of "Half/part Asian" I.E. Hapa. Do you think this de-legitimitizes the classification of Hapa, in that the pan-asianic movement combined with a mixture of "other" (for lack of a better word) blood breeds not only a distinct set of cultures with historic traditions, but multiple cultures in constant flux?

And before you start throwing in Pan-African movement as a counterargument, let me throw in that Pan-Africanism in America (South and North) is bred partially from the slave trade as an act of separating multiple African cultures from their roots, and hence stunting their communication with culture. There's more to it, but those of you who've studied African studies can see the inherent differences in Pan-Asianic and Pan-African, and likewise the similarities (i.e. "White Bread" perspective"), which may be pertinent to the topic.

Look forward to seeing what ya have to say.

Your moderator - Joe
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Check this shit out... [29 Oct 2002|10:37am]

cuz him out if you'd like.
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Mada kono "community" ni anmari hito ga nai na... [28 Sep 2002|08:34pm]
Konbanha, minnasan!

anata nippon no chi ga haiteru datara kono "community" ha anata no tame ni tsukutekita. nippon no chi haitenai no hito mo "join" dekiru, demo koko no "theme" ha nippon to nippon-kankei no hanashi.

...te, worriesmeanlies ha yuuta.

Mada anmari hito ha haitenai kara chotto tomodachi to hanashi shite kudasai! =)
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hmm.... [11 Sep 2002|01:01am]

so empty.... ouch. where are all my fellow half nips?
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I dunno... [09 Sep 2002|05:54pm]
[ mood | amused ]

Where are all the people with Japanese blood at?

As long as this is a cafe, I want some genma cha.

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