What it means to be a mixed-race model in Japan

January 5, 2021
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18-year-old model Rina Fukushi, Tokyo is home. But growing up as a mixed-race child in Japan wasn't always easy. With a Japanese-American father and a Filipina mother, Fukushi was one of a growing number of biracial individuals identifying as "hafu" -- a phonetic play on the English word "half."
"I was teased when I was in elementary and junior high school because I looked foreign," she recalled in an interview with CNN.