Blackanese is not Black or Japanese.

myselfBrian Murray
Seattle, WA

Growing up it was always hard to find my own identity because I came from a bi-racial background. I am half Black and half Japanese and always had problems being accepted by either racial group because of my uniqueness. Although coming from a low-income housing development called the Rainier Vista Projects did help me to identify with my Black roots as it was a predominantly African-American community and as the saying goes, ” If you have one drop of Black blood you are Black”, and your birth certificate is proof of that.

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  • howieone

    never ever in all my 66 years have i heard that term. still got lots to learn, thank you.

  • Darkside_Hero

    The kids like to use Blasian nowadays.

  • Tsujino

    As a fellow “blackanese” I grew up in Japan, but moved to the US in predominantly black areas…so I’m still having an identity crisis

  • lynda

    I self-identity as Japanese-African American mainly to honor the truth of my cultural perspective. Although not accepted by either group, I was raised by my Japanese mother while my African-American father served our country. While I can navigate both cultures, it is clear which one is dominant.


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