Now it's going mainstream Updated 23rd July People in Japan thought skate culture was dangerous. Now it's going mainstream. A teenager leaps into the air on his skateboard before thudding to the ground.
Tokyo CNN "Excuse me, are you hafu? Japan's hafu stars are celebrated. 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. Anna, who requested anonymity for privacy reasons, has a Japanese mother and a White American father, and spent her childhood in Japan, before moving to the US in her teens. What it means to be a mixed-race model in Japan.
Heinz, who was a pioneer in Asian studies education. Winners receive this award based on their national leadership in teaching about Japan. The objectives of this online and print special segment are to stimulate readers to reflect upon why the study of Japan is critical for global understanding; to provide teachers and professors who are seeking new ways to teach about Japan with pedagogical ideas and resources; and—on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the award in —to honor the master teachers who have been named Elgin Heinz winners.
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