I'm half Japanese, half white, and I live in Japan, so I think I can answer this. :)
Honestly, some "haffu" are picked on, some aren't. Some are considered very good looking, and hense popular- some aren't. In all honesty, I think a lot of whether a haffu is picked on or looked down upon depends on their personality and how they deal with the possibility and action of this- but, of course, this is not always the case.
It may also depend on whether it's the mother or father who is Japanese; or if they look more foreign or more Japanese. (For instance, if your father is Japanese, but your mother is foreign, you inherit his last name- therefore, this makes a lot of racial and discrimitory problems easier to avoid involving your family name.)
And, of course, there will ALWAYS be people who don't like you for being a haffu in Japan; even if you don't know it, there will always be someone who disagrees with the fact that you're not full Japanese. It's just one of those "things".
But, from my experience... People seem more interested in me because I'm a half Japanese.
I get confused with being a "gaijin" a lot; I look nothing like my father (my father is Japanese; my mother is American). I mean, sure, I did get some things from my father. I got the Japanese "build" (as in, anatomy and body structure), I got semi-dark hair (I was born with black hair, but later that changed to a dark brown-ish color. But it's got really light brown highlights in it.), I got dark green eyes instead of my mom's bright green, I got the yellow-ish tint to my skin (although I am FAR more pale than most Japanese I've ever seen with naturally pale skin; this I got from my mom) but as far as my facial features go, I look more Caucasian than Japanese. I don't have the Japanese eyes, and many of the other Japanese features I DO have are mixed with my mother's Caucasian features, and therefore they're sorta "washed out".
I've been confused for a "gaijin", but never really discrimated against- although, I'm not a foreigner. It's just my looks. I was born and raised in Japan, and I'm 14 now, still living here with my family. I'm half Japanese; I have a Japanese name and last name. I was raised like a normal Japanese girl, I go to school like a normal Japanese girl, I speak and act like a normal Japanese girl- but I don't look the part, and this leads to confusion with many people I first meet, whom assume I was adopted, or that I'm just a foreigner raised here.
Some people don't like the fact that I am half Japanese, some think it's cool, and most either think it's interesting, or don't care. Some don't like that I don't look like my father, but many people actually compliment me on it. They like my Caucasian looks, and they think I'm cute, or pretty.
Actually, more people find it interesting, from my experiance, than otherwise.
However, this doesn't mean haffu never run into problems. It happens to most- if not, ALL- haffu in Japan. There will be people who don't like you, people who think it's wrong for you to be half Japanese, and not of full Japanese blood... But the people who care about you being a haffu, in a negative light, shouldn't matter to you. And the people who matter to you, won't care that you're half Japanese. That's how I look at it.
In all honesty, I love being half Japanese. I love Japan, it's my home, it will always be my home, and it has a beautiful culture- but I'm also proud of my mother's cultures, and her heritage. I'm a part of two wonderful cultures, and I love it. I love speaking English, because it's my mother's native tongue, and I love learning about the land of her ancestors, but I also love being raised here in Japan, as a Japanese, and living as a part of my father's culture.
If there are people who don't like me for it- and there are people who don't like haffu for being part of a culture other than Japanese- well, oh well. I'm happy, and that's all that should matter to people. Being happy, and proud of who they are. :)
...This was really, really long winded, but it's from my experiances. :P Just felt like sharing it, I guess. I think it answered the question, though.
And, I forgot to answer one thing- most interracial Japanese couples don't avoid having children just because the children would be haffu. Most of these couples do NOT think this way at all. They love each other to be together despite race, and that train of though carries down to their plans to have children. :)
· 9 years ago