“She may be half of us but is she really one of us”. Mixed race people in Asian countries often have a split in how are they approached and perceived in their home county. They can be seen as almost mistakes in the ethnic purity of a country as in Japan’s example with pro tennis player, Naomi Osaka. Osaka who received great fame in defeating tennis legend Serena Williams in the 2018 US Open. She is half-Haitian and half-Japanese growing up predominantly in the US, but she gave up her American citizenship to play for Japan in the Olympics. In most modern terms she is considered Japanese based on the simple fact that she is a citizen of Japan. Japan refers to Osaka as Japanese for marketing purposes, but in honest actuality, Osaka is not really considered truly Japanese based on her partial fluidity in Japanese and her skin tone. This is a common phenomenon with Japan. Japan as a history of racial purity stemming from its imperial past whereas Japan’s immigration policy is one of the strictest for modernized nations. This firm grip of what it means to be Japanese limits not only the demographic diversity of the nation but its population growth as its population age and lack of youth to replace them. Mixed people in japan and of Japanese descent are stuck in that crossroads of acceptance but also rejection of what it means to be a part of a nation.
Vouloumanos, Victoria. “Tennis Player Naomi Osaka Speaks English, so She Can’t Possibly Be Japanese.” Medium, Medium, 4 Feb. 2019, medium.com/@victoriavouloumanos/tennis-player-naomi-osaka-speaks-english-so-she-cant-possibly-be-japanese-61e4814d7b00.