Japan may be the world of wonder to many people, but that wonder certainly does not extend to their views on race. Currently, their Miss Universe contestant is being barraged with questions that are questioning her Japanese heritage because according to many, she is not fit to represent the country as a whole. Why, you may ask.
Because she is a ‘hafu’.
her reign is forcing a discussion in Japan that is usually ignored…
The 20 year old beauty is the daughter of a Japanese mother and African-American father that was born and raised in Japan but is nto considered Japanese simply because she doesn’t look like the majority. This is not just a problem plaguing Japan, as it is prevalent in nearly every major country in the world from Germany to China and many in between. The most shocking part of this is that many Japanese come from ancestries that typically have Korean, Chinese, and Thai ancestry. What seems to be more upsetting is that the current Miss Universe Japan has black blood coursing through her veins.
As many call for her replacement, Ariana Miyamoto is doing more than shedding a light on an important issue for people of color that are minorities in their homeland.
She is putting a face to one of the most important issues facing the world that most countries prefer to sweep under the rug and ignore.
Her current reign assures that for at least a few weeks, the issue will be front and center.
As it deserves to be.