March 26, 2015
Japanese are appropriately enraged by the crowning of a Mulatto (don’t know if that’s the right word for a half-Black Jap, but it probably isn’t) beauty queen who will go on to represent their country at the Miss Universe Pageant.
Instead of celebrating her crown, Ariana Miyamoto is already finding the need to defend it.
Japan’s newest Miss Universe contestant broke barriers when she was recently chosen to represent her country. But because the 20-year-old is the daughter of a Japanese woman and an African-American man from the United States, some are questioning whether she is Japanese enough to hold the title.
According to Japanese websites, comments on Twitter ranged from, “Is it okay to select a hafu to represent Japan?” to “Because this is Miss Universe Japan, don’t you think hafu are a no-no.” “Hafu” (from “half”) is a Japanese term used to refer to someone who is biracial.
In an interview with press, Miyamoto insisted that while she doesn’t “look Japanese” on the outside, on the inside, there are many Japanese things about her.
In addition to being born and raised Nagasaki, the young adult also is a Japanese citizen who speaks the language fluently.
While some critics have been vocal about their hopes of having another contestant take her spot, most have shown their support for the newly crowned beauty queen.
Who are these “most”? Probably not Japanese people, I’m thinking. I cannot imagine any Japanese people supporting this woman as representative of their country. Unlike the West, there is no petty individualism in Japan, and something like this goes against the hive mind itself.
I have no idea how it happened that this woman was even picked. But it seems to be some type of hoax done on the Japanese people. I wouldn’t be surprised if this leads to serious protests.
But again, maybe, because there are so few non-Japanese in Japan, they don’t really view this as a huge threat?
Note: Comments from our Japanese readers are much appreciated! Don’t be shy about your English! We want to know what you think about this issue!