Do Japanese envy Half-Japanese people?
They know the culture of two countries but that also breeds prejudice. One of my friends was bilingual, people envied that… she struggled with…. Hey guys and girls on Ask Japanese this is CathyCat “Ha-fu”=Half is a word that in Japan commonly is used to describe people who are half Japanese and whose other parent is from a different country than from Japan. We often in our interview heard people say “oh I envy people who are half” and … I know that there a quite a lot of difficulties for people who are half Japanese… however many Japanese still said they envy them so this time we’re gonna go find out what they envy about them and if they can actually analyze and criticize what kind of problems people who are half Japanese have here in Japan. So let’s go and find out and Ask Japanese. Could it be that you are half Japanese? – No – That’s wrong Do you envy people who are half Japanese I do. I have a charming image of them. – What kind of image? That they are open to different cultures and such. I envy that they have pretty eyes. – Apart from their eyes what do you envy? – I envy that they can speak other languages What is half Japanese citizens do you admire the most? The Norther European type. – The blonde hair? – Yeah. – And you? I like half Japanese talents we see on TV What perks and hardships do you think half Japanese people struggle with? Any friends? I had some. – An asian half Japanese classmate No matter in which of the two countries they life in, they can make a life there maybe. But if they have to live in one of the two countries like Japan, they might feel like they are not completely from there. I think that’s tough. – Having to choose between countries Yeah. – Having the culture of two countries and knowing about it equally, makes them a target for prejudice. I think often bystanders will say “you can speak a lot right” even if they can’t speak English and such. There is an ideal of what being “half Japanese” is in Japan and they can’t fulfill it? Yeah. – It’s too late for you to become half Japanese but if you could be, what country do you admire so much? I have never wanted to be Half Japanese. – Why so? I am born in Japan. I am Japanese. I love Japan. I like my current lifestyle. I have the confidence that I am Japanese. I think that is good. The life here is good. Everyone accepts me as Japanese. – I envy half Japanese half European people But if you could choose, would you want to only be Japanese or Half Japanese. – I think when it’s about admiration I admire abroad because I have lived my life in Japan. I admire abroad more. Hey guys! Today’s topic is… Do you admire half Japanese people? – I wish I was born Half Japanese. I am using makeup to have a lid crease but half Japanese people have it easier. – You admire a lid crease? I do. – I admire half Japanese people. My favorite celebrities are all Half Japanese. They have defined faces and tall noses, lid creases, big lips. I envy that. I always think that. – Me toooooo I would rather be a foreigner fully. I love abroad, I love traveling. I want to speak more English Do you have any friends who are half Japanese? I do! One is half German, one is half British Wow where did you meet? School? – School Our school has some German education implemented that’s why we have many half Japanese students. – I have some Half Japanese friends A half Korean friend and … A quarter friend. – Half Philippine and other friends. – Think of your friends now Think of half Japanese friends who are not TV celebrities and live in Japan. What perks and hardships do you think they have. – One of my friends struggled with… people expecting her to speak English because she was half Japanese. But she couldn’t really. – Your friend from the Philippines? Yes. – She was always living in Japan you see. Her face looks foreign. But she has only lived in Japan, and only speaks Japanese. That was her struggle. – What are the perks? She was super cute and others were cool I envied that… friend who was half Korean could speak Japanese and of course Korean and also English. She was bilingual and everyone envied that. But she struggled with… similarly a lot of prejudice that people had I realized that. My favorite actor is called Shirota he is half Japanese and struggled… Yes he is from Spain! – Your smile just got bigger! – Yes What did he struggle with? – He went to auditions as actor a lot but because he was half Spanish, his face looked too foreign and he is tall. He got told “We are not looking for your type.” he failed about 100 auditions. – So auditions only wanted “Japanese looking” people, even though he was half Japanese he got treated like a foreigner. – Yes He suffered from that. – First… I think half Japanese who live in Japan must often be mistaken for foreigners in Japan they won’t be accepted fully. Even though they are living here. They might struggle to find their place in life. I think. But advantage wise.. they might struggle with their place, but they have 2 countries to choose from more than Japanese do. Quick question: Do you happen to be half Japanese? Nope we are not. – So… we often hear interviewees say they admire Half Japanese people I wanted to find out why today. – Their eye color The eyes are a beautiful brown and not black. – I thought brown shades are similar? Their brown is different. As if they are wearing brown contact lenses. Nice eyes. I envy that. – So you think Half Japanese people have brighter eyes? Their faces are more defined. I envy that. They have “defined features” – Yes. What do you wish you had? – Long lashes You struggle with your lashes? We use a lot of mascara. – I’ll tell you my mascara hint after the interview – Thank you. – Now this is impossible but if you could become half Japanese, what other country would you choose? Russia. They are so tall, stylish and pale I see… – Russian beauty? I would choose the UK – Why? – Just because So many said even if you are half Japanese, some people will treat you like a foreigner, expecting you to speak certain languages and a good example was the talent that was trying to go to about 100 auditions and got turned down because they looked too non Japanese even though they were Japanese in their heart of hearts and lived all their life there that’s a common problem that I hear from a lot of people who have parents from different countries. I am glad that some people were able to critically talk about this issue, while others just said “they are pretty I wish I was so pretty” There are 2 sides of the coin. How is it with you guys, I am sure that some of you who are watching have parents from different countries. Let us know the hardships and maybe if you have any advantages of having parents from two different places. I like what one of my “half” friends has said he said “I am not a half – I am double” and I like that. So let us know in the comments down below. Also don’t forget to subscribe, tick the notification bell and leave us a like just to say “thanks for making this video!” thank you for watching and I catch you soon for more stuff on Ask Japanese. Bye.