Half-Indian Priyanka Yoshikawa crowned Miss Japan!

Priyanka Yoshikawa -Miss Japan 2016

Tokyo,Sep 06 :A half-Indian-Japanese girl Priyanka Yoshikawa, 22, has been crowned as Miss Japan in the Miss Universe pageant.

Racism in Japan is quite out in the open as is discrimination against women and the beauty pageant has brought these old festering wounds out in the open again with Priyanka as the latest victim.

Priyanka was born and raised  in Tokyo to an Indian father and a Japanese mother and she says because of her mixed race, she has been branded a ‘haafu’, meaning  not ‘pure’ Japanese. She also faced backlash after many complained that Miss Japan has to be “pure” Japanese rather than “half”.
Priyanka Yoshikawa -Miss Japan 2016She appreciated and  thanked Ariana, a Japanese-African woman Ariana Miyamoto  who was crowned as Miss Japan last year.

“Ariana encouraged me a lot by showing me and showing all mixed girls the way” she said.

Miss Japan ariana 2015

Overcoming the racial discrimination,she said  she will not take the criticism negatively and highlighted her links with her country by saying, “We are Japanese. Yes, I’m half Indian and people are asking me about my ‘purity’ – yes, my dad is Indian and I’m proud of it, I’m proud that I have Indian in me. But that does not mean I’m not Japanese.”

“There was a time as a kid when I was confused about my identity,” she admitted. “But I’ve lived in Japan so long now I feel Japanese.”

“We’ve been struggling and it hurts. When I came back to Japan, everyone thought I was a germ. Like if they touched me they would be touching something bad.” she added.



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