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— by Emiko Jozuka and Vivien Jones: “Excuse me, are you hafu?” the taxi driver asked.

Anna, a woman of mixed Japanese and American heritage, was in a taxi en route to a party in Tokyo last year when she was asked that question, and says she had half expected it.

The Japanese word “hafu” — or “half” in English — refers to people who are ethnically half Japanese, and is now used more for multiethnic people in general in Japan…

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