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7FukYalls t1_j0mqp8b wrote

I'm a mixed-race POC in the USA and while I understand this dude may have heritage of various of races, you can't declare that you're of just one when at first glance you have no resemblance of said claimed ethnicity...

If he introduced himself as Japanese, sorry but no. :( That's just MORE confusing... I'd have to ask him "what do you mean?" because we do have to keep in mind that our PHENOTYPES (visible features) most definitely play a role in our society and how we are perceived. The blood of said claimed ethnicity might exist, but remember that that doesn't automatically mean you can just say "I'm (claimed ethnicity"... That's not accurate. That's like a Mexican person claiming they're " Scottish" because of that mere <1% of existing blood in them.

At first glance, maybe it doesn't matter to some. I've experienced some things with my own background in the USA that makes me call this BS tbh.

I do wish him well in this, but this is a WEIRD take from this guy.


matgrioni t1_j0mtnnt wrote

His father immigrated from Japan. By most reasonable measures he can claim to be asian-american. It's not that he has 1% Japanese ancestry as you imply.

I'm not sure what the weird take is you think he is making.


Britz10 t1_j0oksqa wrote

His father could be black or mixed race, the US has military bases in Japan and soldiers often father children while stationed there. Zazie Beetz has a similar life story but in Germany.


matgrioni t1_j0os83i wrote

The article says his grandmother is Japanese too. I'm not sure why you're trying to poke imaginary holes in his story.


Britz10 t1_j0p4z9x wrote

No it just stuck out when it mentioned a father that immigrated from Japan without explicitly saying he was Japan


bmobitch t1_j0pmp93 wrote

i don’t really think it matters, but apparently his dad is not full japanese. his grandmother presumably is though. i don’t know what else his father is. i don’t want to guess people’s race. i just saw online that his dad is mixed and his grandpa was not japanese. and when you look up a photo of him that checks out.