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.

  • NorthEastKP

    In Korea your half Korean not Blasian. In Korean culture we follow bloodline from father or mother side. Mother side Korean blood line is much stronger. That is very big difference.


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