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Half, double or mixed? Exploring ethnic options among persons of multiracial and multiethnic background in Japan and Sweden

Contact person: Sayaka Osanami Törngren
Responsible: Sayaka Osanami Törngren
Funding: Utvecklingsmedel för tillsvidareanställda lärares forskarkarriär
Timeframe: 2018-03-01 -- 2018-12-31
Research programme: Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare
Webpage: https://www.mah.se/mim

Summary of the project

As globalization and migration is becoming more and more part of individuals’ life, countries like Sweden and Japan are seeing increase in mixed marriages, marriages across borders such as race, ethnicity, religion and nationality. Despite the number of children born in such marriages, i.e. multiracial and multiethnic Japanese and Swedish, are increasing, their identities and experiences are seldom critically analyzed. This project examines and compares racial and ethnic identification and experiences of being a person of mixed origin in two different contexts of Sweden and Japan. In this study, the terms multiracial and multiethnic refer to someone who has parents of differing racial and ethnic background. The article also uses the term mixed to refer to both multiracial and multiethnic persons. Mixed persons who are markedly different phenotypically from the majority Swedish or Japanese may be perceived as multiracial and those who look less mixed as multiethnic. Experiences of racialization, not being identified as Swedish or Japanese by others despite their origin in each country and despite their claim to be Swedish or Japanese, is one of the most important aspects to be investigated in this project.

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