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The article “Portrait book explores identity from eyes of mixed-race Japanese” in the April 9 edition, about Japanese Belgian photographer Tetsuro Miyazaki’s ongoing project Hāfu2Hāfu, gave me a chance to think again about diversity in Japan and myself, because I am hāfu (half) — in my case, African and Japanese — as well.

I suppose that most racists do not know when they are being racist, and it is a problem that they don’t feel guilty because they don’t know how hurt we are by their words and attitude. For example, Japanese who are interested in foreign stuff are willing to accept hāfu, but at the same time they are apt to ask one-sidedly about our background or parents even if we don’t want to talk about it.

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