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The Quint| Proud to be Half-Indian: Miss World Japan 2016, Priyanka Yoshikawa

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Newly crowned Miss World Japan Priyanka Yoshikawa has credited the Indian side of her heritage for her pageant success, in the face of ongoing debate over who should qualify as beauty queens representing Japan. There has been ongoing debate in Japan over the ethnicity of beauty queens after the first bi-racial Miss Universe Japan, Ariana Miyamoto – whose father is African American and mother is Japanese – was criticized by some on social networks for not looking Japanese enough. Yoshikawa embraces her heritage with pride.She says does not consider being labelled “ha-fu” - taken from the English world “half” - as people of multiple-race are often referred to in Japan, as derogatory. Born to an Indian father and Japanese mother, 22-year-old Yoshikawa has lived in the United States and India as a child, but calls Japan her home. Yoshikawa spent a year living in Kolkata when she was nine – an experience she says transformed her life. Seeing poverty up close as a child shocked her, but motivated her to aspire to making a difference. Video: AP Music: Big Bang Fuzz For more videos, subscribe to our channel: http://bit.ly/2aIcith Also, follow us on these places: Facebook: http://bit.ly/1RXYIg5 Twitter: http://bit.ly/1tjFuxI Instagram: http://bit.ly/1Piyc18
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jj Roy (7 days ago)
tumi khunbi sundar
Stone Roses (8 days ago)
Haha! Another "hafu" wins again! Suck it, Japan!
GluttonousDragon (21 days ago)
half white half japanese are the best looking ones
Visionery1 (22 days ago)
She's gorgeous! Indians are beautiful, Japanese are beautiful ... one can't go wrong introducing Indian into the gene pool.
鄧紅紅 (25 days ago)
Japan really should get over the whole “not pure Japanese” bullshit, because people are more than just their ethnicity and it doesn’t objectively take away from their ability to be beautiful and / or successful via ways that don’t involve race. It’s ludicrous to think about...that they’re so far ahead in technology, of course, transport, architecture but when it comes to people and social issues, they’re very much behind and it’s as if they’re stuck in the medieval times of the western world. I’m sure part of why mixed race kids are so rare in Japan is because Japanese women decide to live elsewhere and have kids in the country they choose to immigrate to...as part of why is it’s more likely to not be a racist piece of shit that always goads on about purity of race and all that. Mixed race individuals are generally more smart, good-looking and taller than their two fully ethnic parents. So, what gives? I’m glad to have grown up in a western culture. Of course, it’s not just Japan. I’m sure this is probably _non-existent_ in South Korea, so in that manner, Japan’s doing okay in comparison. There are other countries, I’m sure at least a few in every continent, that are equally or even more xenophobic than the former.
SpookeyR (1 month ago)
She is beautiful, physically and intellectually! I hope she conquers the world.
Zeba Mehbin (1 month ago)
What is the song that starts at 0:52?
MiscellaneousHub (2 months ago)
Her father is Indian Bengalee
Papu Nath (2 months ago)
Love you sweetheart
dearpuroo (3 months ago)
ektu ektu Bengali ta bhule jachii
TRAITOR TRUMP (3 months ago)
SHE LOOKS better than both nations people . Better and improved
Jennie james (4 months ago)
I guess pure Indian from haryana have won miss world this year 😅 but it's really good to see the half people in competitions
chua samuel (4 months ago)
U are safe u are mongoloid race
Nuri (4 months ago)
the 'pure japanese' need to step up their game then. lol. mixed is better, sowwie.
chosonnom (4 months ago)
no disrepect but this is for miss world japan right? i've seen better looking half indian - east asian mix, how she win the competition? and there are much better looking girls in japan. did the judges give her some favoritism for some odd reason. and having indian father, what she do throw out her indian last name? does she have shame about being half-indian? Japan's custom is to keep father's sir name.....
Jonathan Jeffrey (4 months ago)
C. Costa (5 months ago)
She looks japanese to me
RS2002 (5 months ago)
Beautiful young lady. However I don’t see any Bengali likeliness. She looks Japanese and Indian.
C. Costa (5 months ago)
RS2002 for me she looks japanese a lot
Mo Mo (5 months ago)
I've never found a girl attractive to the extent I find Priyanka. Holly crap, she's beautiful. She's from Bangladesh.
DAS Arnab (3 months ago)
Jennie james (4 months ago)
Mo Mo She is Indian
Manee Pha (6 months ago)
Technically, she's not biracial. Indians are consider Asians. If anything, she's biculture.
Newshesha Rawat (3 months ago)
how the fuck are indians black you stupid ass are you a eurocentric brainwashed faggot?
TRAITOR TRUMP (3 months ago)
THAT is what you black indians look like . 140 lbs of shit .
Newshesha Rawat (3 months ago)
stop avoiding my responses you idiotic stalker, it's not my fault your dad chose to have fun in his toilet which accidentally made you
TRAITOR TRUMP (3 months ago)
CLEAN UP your filthy country .
abc z (8 months ago)
She should be shipped to India.
Movie Jose (1 month ago)
Yep she is another attention seeking whore trying to cash in on multiculturalism bullcrap
big log (2 months ago)
abc z I am sure most western nations say the same thing about East Asian immigrants.
Manjulata Bhusal (8 months ago)
to be honest,I think ariana is prettier
John Smith (9 months ago)
Shes beautiful wow.
Vinay Kumar (11 months ago)
Vinay Kumar (11 months ago)
Tabs T (11 months ago)
Previus miss japan was half black
ULGMX (1 year ago)
Germans are halfo All those Indian Swastikas they been waving about like monkeys and also calling themselves Hindu in the Indian language. Germany is a colonial subject of India
ULGMX (1 year ago)
Firstly s Beautiful Girl Not Half, Don't confuse yourself Priyanka 100% Indian(Aryan Hindu in English) Mongol. Your part of the oldest eternal civilisation were western civilisation is its subculture.
Arghyadeep Pal (1 year ago)
Tumi daarun Bangla bolle....Your Bengali's really nice
Movie Jose (1 month ago)
Marry her Patel, Japan does not want this attention seeking whore.
J Mo (1 year ago)
She hardly looks Indian because Bengalis themselves look kind of Eastern. She really does look Bengali to a trained eye. To an untrained eye, she'll hardly look mixed or India because they've not seen enough Bengalis. Those Bengalis who've made it big in the glamor industry are mostly Caucasian-looking and from big Brahmin families. Lots of ordinary Bengalis have a visible Mongoloid strain. It's not as extreme as Mamata Banerjee but it's there.
Mohit robben Dev (2 months ago)
Lucid Dream you right 50% bengali are Mongoloid white caucocian
S N (5 months ago)
Lucid Dream well I'm not arguing with you here. I just made a statement that this girl looks both Indian and Japanese. At the same time I am aware of certain Indians that do favor Asians in feature because of their decent
Lucid Dream (5 months ago)
S N so what, I wrote many Bengalis are looking like Mongoloid. But they are not hafu. Ariyana miyamoto also a hafu but not looking Mongoloid. Actually Bengali are Austro-Asiatic. Austro-Asiatic are anceste of all Asians.
S N (5 months ago)
Lucid Dream I live in America so I know a lot of mixed people. They tend to have qualities of both parents. Like all people lol
Lucid Dream (5 months ago)
S N here another bengali. But looking Mongoloid https://youtu.be/PoNZRFLKK6k
Samuel115s (1 year ago)
wow 2 times in a row. in 2015 they had a girl that was half black and now they have a girl that half indian.
PrincessSakuno (1 year ago)
Movie Jose (1 month ago)
Nope she is just another attention seeking whore trying to cash in on multiculturalism bullcrap
I can't believe it she knows Bengali language....aaaaaaa... I'm so excited...
Master Ding dong (1 year ago)
she's not Japanese and before she was denying being Indian and now after all that criticism she now changed her statements and siding her Hindu side..
Mohit robben Dev (2 months ago)
Master Ding dong hindu people are good buddha also also come from hindu
Master Ding dong (1 year ago)
+Katkit Kirti you re very welcome ..😊👋
Katkit Kirti (1 year ago)
+Fukumi Fukuyu Yea , so , she's a half . I respect her being half Japanese & half Indian ! She's mixed lol . And Thankyou for the praises & for the information as well : ) !
Master Ding dong (1 year ago)
+Katkit Kirti yes shes saying that and as you know she first went against that and said that she wasn't Indian and of course she was probably under a lot of pressure To me she looks and acts more Japanese than an Indian and hope she can treasure her Indian side more and more and as you mentioned she now does that.. Besides Indian women are prettier than Japanese women who are in fact 99% Koreans.. I know Japan because been around here for 3 decades and I had great Indian friends during the 80s and 90s but in 1992 Japan immigration reform act forced most of my friends to return along with Persians and others like Pakistanis and bengaldashies. It was like a war against them So she is a half and as you know in Japan they call anyone who's got one Japanese and one foreign parent as half but when that is between a Korean and Japanese citizen they don't say half..because Japanese are originally Koreans . They also dislike what they call blasians who are half of a black person and Japanese . So Japan is not easy to cure just like Korea and China is. But as you mentioned as long as she realized what to treasure she's on her way to new horizons .. ❤✌
Katkit Kirti (1 year ago)
Fukumi Fukuyu She said , " If India wasn't a part of me I wouldn't be Miss Japan " . She never said ONLY Indian elements made her win. And She's very much a Japanese .Her mother is a Japanese . She's born and brought up in Japan . She hence , chooses to contest in Japan , justifiably . But yes , she's not ashamed of her Indian elements either . Yes , she kind of changed her statements . But it's okay! She's human like us and has gone through a lot in Japan by those racist remarks "half" . She might have faced identity crises & hence took some time to settle with a matured thought . And she once said , " I'm not an Indian " . That too was out of pressure of Japanese discriminating her or not acknowledging her winning the title of Miss Japanese . So , yes ! Now , she finally , respects herself just like she's constituted ! May she represent Japan beautifully ! Cheers from India ❤
kab1r (1 year ago)
shout out to all the Bengalis out there! we representing haha
Movie Jose (19 days ago)
Nope but I have several Japanese friends who feel the same way about her and the other hafus going into these beauty pageants
fineagain (19 days ago)
Movie Jose are you Japanese?
Movie Jose (1 month ago)
She should go to Bengal, she is not real Japanese and does not look Japanese. Just another attention seeking whore trying to cash in on the multiculturalism bullcrap
Zeta Byte (1 year ago)
hahaha in 2016 u r different than me so what's wrong with you approach sounds quite archaic , and yet is there everywhere!
Freddy Krueger (1 year ago)
She looks like an Indian from North East India (e.g Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Assam, Nagaland..etc). She looks more NE Indian than Indian-Japanese.
Movie Jose (1 month ago)
Yep NOT JAPANESE just another attention seeking whore at the expense of real pretty Japanese women in that pageant.
subhankar dey (2 months ago)
Alksandra Pawluczuk it shows how racist you are ,shame on japan
Lucid Dream (2 months ago)
Inari Yu another Bengali Japanese famous icon Anita Bose Puff, the daughter of super hero Netaji Subhas Chandra. She also looking like Mongoloid. But previous miss world Japan Ariyana Miamoto is not looking Mongoloid features. So why Bengalis are looks Mongol ? Current West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee also Mongoloid but not biracial.
Lucid Dream (2 months ago)
Mohit robben Dev no brother your mom is not would be Caucasoid. Caucasoid is Western Indian. Kashmiri Marwari Rajasthani Punjabi and all Arab countries Western Asia to Europe you can find Caucasoid features. In Eastern Indians are Australoid. Mongolia, China, Koria, Japan are Mongoloid. Australoid are black skin colour, Mongoloid are white skin colour. Australoid is anceste of Mongoloid, for this reason SouthEast Asian are Austro-Asiatic. Southeast Asian are dominant by Mongoloid, Eastern Indian dominant by Australoid features. So mejority bengali fare skin colour comes from Southeast Asia or Eastern Asia.
Mohit robben Dev (2 months ago)
Lucid Dream yes I think so my mother also look like Mongoloid white cacocian
raj (1 year ago)
she is Japanese citizenship is of there since it's cool
oh gusano (1 year ago)
Priyanka is both beautiful and a beautiful person! I wish her the best of luck this year.
Dedrek Lorengrd (1 year ago)
Is this the inspiration of the Bengali movie " My Japanese Wife"...
Mira la paz (1 year ago)
HERMOSA SEÑORITA... podría dar q hbalar en el certamen 2017
Priyanka Panda (1 year ago)
wow she can speak bengali!! :-)
Miss sarang (1 year ago)
she so pretty..

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