'Hafu'

Oct 3, 2013

'Hafu'

by Kaori Shoji

Around one in 49 babies born in Japan today are of mixed heritage. That’s a surprising figure considering that the country was closed off to foreigners for close to three centuries, way back when. Until about two decades ago ha ̄fu (meaning “half-Japanese”) were viewed ...

| Aug 19, 2013

‘Halfies’ and hapa the norm elsewhere

Hapa haole celebrated in Hawaii I’m writing about an article published in your newspaper and written by Ryan Surdick with the title “There is more to my son than the fact he’s a ‘half’ “(The Foreign Element, July 29). A perspective from Hawaii where ...