A loanword from English, the term literally means "half," a reference to the individual's non-Japanese heritage. The term ethnic Japanese refers to the Indigenous Japanese people of the Japanese archipelago. Over the course of centuries the minority ethnic groups such as the Ainu and Ryukyuans were mostly assimilated into the Yamato population. He was ultimately granted the rank of samurai , one of the few non-Japanese to do so. Since , the Ainu were increasingly marginalized.
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With the increasing visibility of interracial couples and multiethnic families, the world is shaping up to become a colorful and diverse place. Something shaping the way the entertainment industry sees diversity is the plethora of mixed-race actors, singers and models stepping into the spotlight to prove that all colors should be welcome in Hollywood. Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, in her own words: "While I could say Pennsylvania and Ohio, and continue this proverbial two-step, I instead give them what they're after: 'My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African American. I'm half black and half white,' she wrote for ELLE magazine in The Emmy nominated actor 's father grew up in Pennsylvania and is of English, German and Irish descent, while his mother is a native of Cebu, Philippines.
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Growing up as hapa — meaning "mixed race" in Hawaii and half-Asian, half-white in my circles — comes with its own set of problems. I'm not just talking about when I had to check "other" under the race box during standardized tests: I'm talking about beauty problems. There are many misconceptions when it comes to being hapa, and I'm here to set the record straight. A little background: my father is Chinese, and my mother is Irish, and I've found it difficult to find the balance between being too white and too Asian. There were only about five Asians in my entire graduating high school class, and because of the lack of diversity, I thought you had to be blond and Caucasian to be beautiful.
In Hollywood's Golden Age, studios not only anglicized the names of actors but also expected them to downplay their ethnic origins. Fast forward to modern days, and many actors today are bi-racial but still pass for white. With her fair skin, green eyes, and flowing hair, actress Fredi Washington possessed all the traits needed to pass for white.