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okay this has nothing to do with japanese or anything...just wanted to ask you if you would consider this family to be multiracial??
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okay this has nothing to do with japanese or anything...just wanted to ask you if you would consider this family to be multiracial??
It's not up to me whether or not this family is multiracial. It is up to them.
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okay this has nothing to do with japanese or anything...just wanted to ask you if you would consider this family to be multiracial??
I don't think what I or anyone else considers is very relevant, however to give the "conventional" answer which you are probably looking for: No, as the parents appear to both be East Asian and thus of a similar race. Conventionally speaking, multiracial usually implies widely different races (white and black), not just different nationalities, language groups or cultures (German and Belgian, Korean and Chinese).
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Well Chinese maybe not,Koreans are fairly distinctive. I think if someone was half-Korean I'd tell they'd have slightly bigger eyes.
Except that they don`t.

There is a different in what is perceived as "in style" and popular in media... and actual features. There is a distinct set of features that are popular in Korean media, and a distinct set that is popular in Japanese media. These are slightly different. People who have the traits popular in their country`s media are selected and displayed in the media (or they try to emphasize the traits either through makeup, styling, or surgery).

The actual population, however, overlaps almost completely in appearance. Japanese and Koreans are very similar in ethnic background. I would say that China is much more varied in it`s ethnic groups, with some groups having very distinct appearances... Still though, as Japan has such wide variety in appearances - you would NOT be able to tell in the great majority of the cases.

Can you distinguish between someone Korean, born and raised in Korea, who follows Korean fashion and trends... And someone Japanese, born and raised in Japan, who follows Japanese fashion and trends? Yes. But can you distinguish between someone Korean who has been raised in Japan and who follows Japanese fashion and trends? Sorry, but I highly doubt it.

Fashion and makeup has a LOT more to do with the "differences" than people realize. This is what makes it easy to spot a 100% Japanese person who was raised in the US - the fashion, makeup, etc stands out.

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okay this has nothing to do with japanese or anything...just wanted to ask you if you would consider this family to be multiracial??
No. They might, however, be *international*.


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Except that they don`t.

There is a different in what is perceived as "in style" and popular in media... and actual features. There is a distinct set of features that are popular in Korean media, and a distinct set that is popular in Japanese media. These are slightly different. People who have the traits popular in their country`s media are selected and displayed in the media (or they try to emphasize the traits either through makeup, styling, or surgery).

The actual population, however, overlaps almost completely in appearance. Japanese and Koreans are very similar in ethnic background. I would say that China is much more varied in it`s ethnic groups, with some groups having very distinct appearances... Still though, as Japan has such wide variety in appearances - you would NOT be able to tell in the great majority of the cases.

Can you distinguish between someone Korean, born and raised in Korea, who follows Korean fashion and trends... And someone Japanese, born and raised in Japan, who follows Japanese fashion and trends? Yes. But can you distinguish between someone Korean who has been raised in Japan and who follows Japanese fashion and trends? Sorry, but I highly doubt it.

Fashion and makeup has a LOT more to do with the "differences" than people realize. This is what makes it easy to spot a 100% Japanese person who was raised in the US - the fashion, makeup, etc stands out.



No. They might, however, be *international*.
I agree I can't even tell the difference between brazilians and japanese

care to guess their ethnicities??

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I agree I can't even tell the difference between brazilians and japanese

care to guess their ethnicities??
No idea. Philippino?
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No idea. Philippino?
close enough...the woman is filipina the man is korean
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I agree I can't even tell the difference between brazilians and japanese

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Ethnic groups: Japanese 98.5%, Koreans 0.5%, Chinese 0.4%, other 0.6%
Note: up to 230,000 Brazilians of Japanese origin migrated to Japan in the 1990s to work in industries; some have returned to Brazil (2004)
Definition: This entry provides an ordered listing of ethnic groups starting with the largest and normally includes the percent of total population. Source: CIA World Fact book - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of July 12, 2011
There are two major theories of ethnicity in the social sciences today. Those are the primordial perspective and the social mobilization perspective. The primordial perspective emphasizes primordial group ties associated with physical affinity, common language, common religion, and other cultural and historical commonalities as the basis of ethnicity. On the other hand, the social mobilization perspective sees ethnicity as an emergent concept in which ethnic connections are created and re-created in the context of adjustment in the host society
I suggest that ethnicity is the product of social relationships, which are based on common socio-cultural values.
“Ethnicity,” then, is like “society” and “culture” in that the notion is itself dynamic—continuously developing in the context of circumstance and discourse. The boundaries of ethnicity have become blurred and are created through people’s relationships. Ethnic boundaries are being constructed and reconstructed in diverse social environment. By taking a close look at diverse cases of creation and recreation of identities by Japanese transnational migrants, we can gain deeper insights into ethnicity and ethnic identity in the current global context.


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I have a mixed Japanese-American niece.

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