Ariana Miyamoto is hafu, the Japanese term for being half Japanese. Her mother is from Japan and her father is African American.
She says the racism she’s seeing now is nothing new. It’s something she experienced growing up in Japan.
‘There was pretty much a spasmodic vomit of racial abuse heaped upon me,” she said on a Japanese television talk show about her childhood. “I was called a n****r by some of my peers. Some of them threw trash and even a blackboard duster at me.”
Despite her appearance, Miyamoto considers herself Japanese “through and through.”
You can read her father’s thoughts on the backlash and some insight into the homogenous Japanese society in the Daily Mail.